'Phenomenal' response to homeless appeal by Frampton Cotterell woman

December 30 2019
'Phenomenal' response to homeless appeal by Frampton Cotterell woman

WHEN a Frampton Cotterell woman appealed for donations from the community to help homeless people, the response was "phenomenal".

Lee-Anne Jameson visited people all over the village to collect mugs, towels, duvets, toiletries and warm clothes, filling four carloads to take to homelessness charity St Mungo’s and the Compass Centre in Bristol.

Lee-Anne had planned to pop into St Mungo’s, which runs outreach services helping rough sleepers, with some scarves and hats she had, and phoned ahead to tell them. She was told that the Compass Centre, which provides health services for homeless people and is also based in Jamaica Street, was desperate for mugs. People can access different support services at the centre, including a GP, and they are given a hot drink while they are waiting.

Lee-Anne had had a positive experience some years ago when she had a huge response from Frampton to an appeal for items for Wick House in Brislington, so she suspected the community would rally round in support if she got the message out.

She said: “My suspicions were correct – over the course of the evening and the following morning I collected in excess of 300 mugs, warm coats, shoes and accessories. By 2pm my son and I were rolling up to the centre with a car full to bursting.

Given the large volume of donations, service users and staff alike aided my son and I to carry the boxes and bags into the centre. Everyone had a good hunt through and chose a mug carefully, the same with coats, scarves and clothing. We noticed how people took only what they needed.”

After such a positive response, Lee-Anne put another post on the Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath Blog Facebook group, and made further trips to the Compass Centre.

On one occasion on her arrival a member of staff clapped and said: “It’s like Christmas”.

Lee-Anne is happy to carry on receiving and dropping off donations.

She said: “The people of Frampton have always pulled out all the stops whenever someone needs support or help. Whether it’s a local business that says they’re struggling and then receives a huge amount of shoppers, a new single mum in the area needing everything just before Christmas or an impromptu Christmas carol get together for a gentleman’s final few weeks, Frampton just always ‘does’.”