Homelessness has soared by more than 30 per cent in the past year in Greater Manchester, with 4,428 people without a roof over their heads.
Northern Quarter music venue Band on the Wall is trying to change that and offer some respite for those in need this winter.
Every Christmas the venue collects items for Manchester’s homeless and those suffering in poverty. Gig-goers are being asked to bring items of clothing and tined foodstuff in addition to their ticket.
This year they are working with local charity Mustard Tree. Since 1994, Mustard Tree has transformed the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.
In the run-up to Christmas Mustard Tree urgently needs donations of the following items to sustain their services:
Non Perishable Food & Drink
Canned meat, tinned fish, baked beans, tinned vegetables, tomatoes, soup, tinned spaghetti hoops/shapes, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils.
Tea, instant coffee, squash, pop, sugar, margarine, jam, marmalade.
Pasta, rice, noodles, tinned fruit, rice pudding, cereals, biscuits, snack bars, crisps.
Socks, underwear, gloves, hats, scarves.
Soap, bubble bath, shampoo/shower gel (small bottles), toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand cream, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, perfume, aftershave etc.