Tyneside’s rough sleepers are being kept warm this winter by blankets made out of onesies.
Dozens have been specially made by staff at The All-in-One Company in Ashington and donated to the Making Winter Warmer charity, which every Friday night takes food and clothing essentials to people sleeping on the streets.
Ross Thompson from the charity, said: “They’re invaluable. A blanket is one of the first things our street friends ask for, particularly at this time of year. They can wrap themselves up or sit on them to keep off the cold concrete.”
Making Winter Warmer was founded two years ago by Jo burns and Kerry Lister-Pattinson, has an organising committee of ten and a small army of volunteers who each Thursday sort donations at the charity’s borrowed warehouse.
“The generosity of the public and businesses like The All-in-One Company is fantastic. If it wasn’t for that we couldn’t do what we do,” said Ross.
The All-in-One Company founder, Kate Dawson, said: “It’s terrible that there are so many people sleeping outside in all sorts of weather. Ross and the rest of the volunteers do an incredible job. I just hope our blankets can provide just a little bit of comfort.”
Charities can contact www.the-all-in-one-company.co.uk