Angels get help from kind-hearted Costa

A HYDE-BASED charity has received a welcome boost to keep its work providing meals to people in need going from a coffee shop in the town.And Sandwich Angels has revealed some of the heartbreaking cases they are working with.

Customers at the Costa Coffee branch in the town were asked to take part in a Mother’s Day raffle and donate any spare change that went to the organisation, which operates from St Mary’s Church Hall in Newton.

After raising £235.66, manager of the branch on Market Place in the Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, Lee Lewis converted it into vouchers and handed them over.

They almost immediately made a difference with co-chair Christina Howard telling of one particular case.

She said: “One particularly heartbreaking case was a phone call from an 86-year-old war veteran crying as he hadn’t eaten for two days and had no family no neighbours to help him.

“It was thanks to Lee and his staff, as well as all the public who bought raffle tickets, that Sandwich Angels were able to immediately help him and others most vulnerable in our community.

“That went a long way towards helping feed the needy that weekend thank you to the staff and customers of Costa Coffee Hyde.”

Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing rules mean Sandwich Angels are not able to do their usual work.

But instead many volunteers are doing emergency food bags plus picking up public donations and immediately dropping them off.

Safety procedures mean Sandwich Angels cannot store any donations, so everything collected has to be immediately delivered to make sure it gets out goes directly to where it is needed.

Active members are also officially key workers and helping the Tameside Council with the elderly and vulnerable.

• If anyone wishes to donate a food bag to Sandwich Angels, please text 07713 973640.

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