22.12.2020 / For immediate release
Faiths come together to help those in need across Greater Manchester this Christmas.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints in Stretford join Manchester Islamic Charity Human Appeal’s Wrap Up Campaign
Last month, Manchester charity Human Appeal’s flagship Wrap Up campaign went ahead, despite numerous obstacles. The campaign, running since 2016, aims to collect as many coats as possible to distribute to the homeless, refugees, people fleeing domestic violence and other vulnerable people during winter.
After major partners pulled out due to COVID-19 restrictions, the charity looked towards local communities across Greater Manchester to help carry out a COVID-compliant operation, and in Stretford they were not disappointed when the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sprang into action.
Ana Bradley, a leader at the Church’s women’s organisation, Relief Society, was made aware of the Wrap Up campaign through local MP Kate Green’s social media call for community groups and venues to play their part.
After contacting Human Appeal and local church members in Manchester through the church's Just Serve committee, and uploading the details of the appeal on the JustServe app that was set up to spread the word about service opportunities, an entire network of coat collection points at people’s homes was set up overnight. Ana also got her children’s school involved, doubling the number of coats collected in Stretford.
The Church’s involvement has had a major impact on the Wrap Up campaign too. The final counts from across the country aren’t yet in, however Human Appeal estimates that it has collected more coats than ever in Greater Manchester this year, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“I’m so pleased we were able to help out and do our bit for those who need it most this winter. To see how quickly our Church responded to the call and the masses of coats we collected was heart-warming, and we’re already planning to help out next year too. It’s so important to work together whenever we can to give people that little bit of hope, especially with the year we’ve had.”
Fatima Akther, Human Appeal’s Volunteers Manager added:
“When Ana got in touch to offer her support I was over the moon. Our Wrap Up campaign is a shining example of what people of different faiths coming together for a common cause can achieve. Human Appeal looks forward to working with Ana and the Church well into the future, so we can support the most vulnerable people across Greater Manchester.”
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Notes to editors
A media selection from Human Appeal’s work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Stretford is available here: https://media.humanappeal.net/?c=3250&k=c62bb817c0
Members of HA staff are available for interview and comment. For this or any other enquiries, please contact Sam Baxter on 07495 708236.
Human Appeal is a humanitarian relief charity, established in a flat in Manchester in 1991 and now active in 25 countries. We carry out emergency relief campaigns in response to man-made and natural disasters, as well as long-term sustainable development projects designed to lift people out of poverty and create resilient communities.