One of the most frustrating things about waking up after the night before is realising that you’ve left something behind whilst you’ve been out partying. The majority of the time, said item disappears completely as you attempt to retrace your steps and remember where you left it. The truth is so many people forget about certain belongings, that night clubs and bars are left with a huge surplus of ‘lost and found’ and one Manchester nightspot is turning this surplus of abandoned clobber into a charitable resource.
“Appreciating the extra warmth this Christmas”
Managers at legendary city centre club Sankeys always see their cloakroom full on a night out, yet at the end of the night there can be a number of items left over. Some of these don’t ever get claimed and are left taking up valuable space in the premises, so management decided they’d do the thing possible with them and give these unwanted clothes a new owner – someone who will truly appreciate and need them. Teaming up with homeless charity Barnabus, Sankeys general manager James Turner who already has 30 coats that have remained unclaimed for over a month ready for distribution. With no owners stepping forward the club manager felt this was the thing to do. If they’re unwanted by their owners, then they should go to someone who will really appreciate the extra warmth that it could provide.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, James said “At this time of year, its so cold and we thought why not do something where someone is going to get an immediate benefit from them?” The coats will be sent to Barnabas the week of the 20th December and be distributed amongst Manchester’s homeless across the festive period. At this time of year it can be a lonely and stressful time for homeless people across the city. Sometimes with nowhere to go and facing freezing temperatures, keeping warm is more than essential when on the streets and with these generous donations that others have forgotten about then more people can be kept warm this winter. After a visit to Manchester’s famous Christmas markets, club manager James was inspired to give something back to the people he saw on the streets.
Finding coats, jumpers, hoodies and more in their lost and found box, the team at Sankeys have a number of items ready to be distributed and are hoping that more will be donated to Barnabus instead of just being neglected in nightclub cloakrooms. So far no other clubs have followed suit with a similar drive, but it is hoped that others will take a similar tact.
Barnabus are a homeless charity with links to many prominent Manchester based businesses and organisations. As an organisation with deeply rooted Christian beliefs, Barnabas reach out to over 600 people each week and support them not just physically and with a roof, but also spiritually and mentally. Already we have featured their virtual brick appeal as they attempt to expand their already busy work space and if you want to contribute to that or in any other way you can do so by using the links on this page.