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Donation of coats could be a lifesaver

21 December 2011 - 12:00am
| by Mary

The Salvation Army helps Oxford Homeless Pathways bring some warmth to people this Christmas

The Salvation Army has responded to a call for help from Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP) to help bring some warmth to people without their own home this Christmas.

More than 80 coats were delivered to OxHoP’s Julian Housing Project to be used by people forced to sleep rough or who do not enjoy the relative ‘luxury’ of having their own home and struggle to make ends meet financially.

The coats, a mix of garments for men and women of various sizes, were handed over to OxHoP’s fundraiser Christy Spenle who was ‘over the moon’ with the donation that came as part of the ITV Daybreak/Salvation Army ‘Donate a Coat’ Appeal.

Christy said: ‘We are over the moon with these coats and are so grateful to The Salvation Army in responding to our call for help and for taking the time to bring them from their collection point in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

‘We provide emergency accommodation for up to 56 people overnight at our O’Hanlon House shelter in the city centre as well as our Julian Housing project which provides supported housing within the community for up to 83 people.

‘This donation will go a long way towards helping those in need this winter by keeping them warm and as such could be a real lifesaver as temperatures threaten to go below zero degrees especially at night.’

Captain Chris Hall, leader of The Salvation Army in Uxbridge, said he was delighted that the coats donated to his Corps (church) from members of the public and members of The Salvation Army have gone to such a worthy cause.

Chris said: ‘As a church and charity at the heart of the community we are always more than happy to help fellow charities and partner agencies with calls for help.

‘Even though these coats were collected here in Uxbridge we are pleased that they will be put to very good use by those in need in Oxford.’

For more information about OxHop please visit

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