Shopping centre is joining forces with Sandwich Angels
Clarendon Square Shopping Centre has teamed up with local community group, Sandwich Angels to help make hundreds of food packages for vulnerable people in a bid to raise further awareness and appeal for donations.
Sophie Stephenson, centre manager at Clarendon Square, joined Christina Howard, founder of Sandwich Angels, and its volunteers to get first-hand experience of how the team makes in excess of 3,250 sandwiches each week. The food is then distributed to 18 soup kitchens throughout Tameside and Manchester.
Sandwich Angels, which is based at St Marys Community Hall on Newton Road in Hyde, does not accept money, only food donations and supermarket vouchers from local businesses and members of the public to keep the operation running.
Items currently low in stock include ham slices, tins of corned beef and other meats, porridge oats, pot noodles, packet soup, energy bars, sugar and coffee. There are currently three drop-off points in the area, which include Hyde Morrisons, Paper Tulips and the coffee shop, Ariana’s.
Clarendon Square launched its ‘Hyde Hero’ competition last year to recognise and reward outstanding individuals and organisations in the local area in which Sandwich Angels made the finals. “During the community campaign, we were immediately struck by the incredible kindness, determination and passion of Christina and everyone who helps behind the scenes for this amazing cause,” said Sophie.
“We have been following its progress closely ever since and are astounded by the unwavering commitment in ensuring less fortunate people in our region and beyond have something to eat,” she continued.
“Spending time with these unsung heroes and making sandwiches together has been an incredible and humbling experience. Meeting so many wonderful people and hearing their stories about how and why they became involved has been really moving.
“The Sandwich Angels are everyday people from different backgrounds, generations and faiths who come together to dedicate their spare time to making a huge difference to the lives of those in difficult circumstances,” Sophie said.
“We are now collaborating with Sandwich Angels on a special project in the centre to help spread the word of its work as far and wide as we can on a longer-term basis. We will be revealing more details in due course, but our message today is that stock is in short supply.
“We’d like to ask the community for additional support in contributing sandwich fillings, pasta, snacks, crisps, cakes and biscuits, so this essential service can continue,” added Sophie. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Sandwich Angels and would like to express our gratitude to Christina and all the volunteers for their phenomenal efforts.”
With statistics on the rise for homelessness and rough sleepers in the North West, it’s a constant challenge for the volunteers to provide enough for those in need. Christina says that all contributions are hugely appreciated. She commented: “The old saying ‘you’re only three pay checks away from being homeless’ can happen anyone. Let’s unite and together in the community spirit, continue our feeding of the needy.”
For further information about Sandwich Angels, visit www.sandwichangels.co.uk. For details on how to become a volunteer, or if any businesses would like to contribute food items, please text 07713 973640.