Staff at a housing developer based in Northampton have been helping a local business owner in his quest to provide homeless people in the town with warm clothing and a hot meal.
Nathan Russell, chef and owner at My Health Hut, which delivers fresh meals daily to homes and businesses across Northampton, is urging people to donate old jumpers, hats, scarves and other warm clothing, which will be distributed with a hot meal to homeless people during the cold months.
He said: “This is a project I started casually after a kick from my conscience when the cold weather started. I had surplus meals fairly regularly and would much rather someone eat them than see them go to waste. Using My Health Hut I can reach a larger audience and have received support from local businesses and individuals.”
On hearing about Mr Russell’s campaign, Barratt Homes employees Jacqui Patrick, Lisa Clements and Dawn Graham were inspired to get involved.
Ms Patrick, land planning and partnerships secretary, said: “When Nathan told us about the warm clothing he is collecting, we thought it would be a great thing for the division to help out with. A number of employees have already taken the opportunity to clear out their own wardrobes and help keep others warm this winter.”
Mr Russell continued: “Barratt Homes has been a great help so far by providing bags of clothing for me to distribute with meals. But also, having the backing of a large corporation is so helpful – my voice alone only reaches so many people.”
Andrew Swindell, managing director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “As one of the country’s leading homebuilders we feel it’s important to not only build homes, but also support the new and existing communities around our developments.
“Jacqui, Lisa and Dawn have recognised this as a fantastic cause and a great initiative by Nathan. We’re happy to be able to support this campaign and help to keep homeless people in Northampton warm this winter.”
For further information about My Health Hut, visit www.myhealthhut.co.uk