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Nursery helps the people living rough

Staff from Alphabet Day Nursery with food parcels to hand out to the homeless in Northampton.

Staff from Alphabet Day Nursery with food parcels to hand out to the homeless in Northampton.

Staff from two children’s day nurseries took to the streets of Northampton before Christmas to help feed the town’s homeless people.

A group of workers from the Camp Hill and Kingsthorpe branches of the Alphabet Day Nursery braved the cold to walk miles around Northampton town centre handing out food parcels to homeless people.

The food had been bought following a cake sale at the nurseries and had been topped up with donations from parents.

Head of nursery, Angela Evans, said: “It was a very humbling experience for us all.

“We met one man on the Market Square who was looking for food and money in the phone boxes. He told us he also searched the bins for food, which is terrible. So he was very pleased to get our food parcel.”

The group toured the town’s homeless hotspots and found about half a dozen people sheltering from the cold.

Mrs Evans said: “We all had lumps in our throats after hearing the people’s stories, it’s just shocking that in this day and age, people are living like this. But I’m pleased that the people who we found managed to have a good meal that night.

“And I think doing this has inspired us all at the nursery to do more for the homeless in the future.”

Following their food collection campaign, the group put together dozens of bags of food.

Because they only managed to find about half a dozen homeless people during their tour of the town, the group donated their remaining food parcels to the Hope Centre in Northampton town centre, which helps up to 100 homeless and socially disadvantaged people every day.

Mrs Evans said: “I just hope that what we have done will help some people be a bit less hungry, even if it’s only for one night.”

 

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