Roberts Jackson Staff Spare a Pair for the Homeless
On the 16th April 2013, employees at Roberts Jackson raised over £90 to purchase just under 90 pairs of winter gloves to help the homeless in the fight against the cold. The gloves were purchased and distributed by RJ employees on the streets of Manchester. Needless to say the activity was a life changing experience, with the team handing out over 60 pair’s gloves to the homeless, whilst gaining an insight into how the homeless survive the blighting cold nights. The staff at Roberts Jackson were stunned that one man even used his dog in his sleeping bag as his hot water bottle, whilst another slept by a factory fan on top of shredded paper to keep warm.
The team began their journey in Piccadilly Gardens with a Homeless man who kindly offered to lead them to various locations known to the homeless community. The employees visited many places including Market Street, Deansgate, Oxford Road and also a church in Salford which donated free food on Thursday evenings to those in need.
Organiser of the Spare a Pair campaign and Roberts Jackson employee, Chiawoutu Anyanwu, commented with the following “It was a sobering experience for me, because of the harsh realities of life on the streets, I also realised that I really have nothing to complain about.”
In addition to the Spare a Pair campaign, the firm also regularly donates to the Minga Foundation, a charity that supports the health and welfare of families from under developed countries worldwide. Last year 5 members of the firm walked the 3 Peaks challenge, which involves climbing the 3 largest peaks in the UK (Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon & Scavell Pike) in 24 hours. In the last 12 months Roberts Jackson and its staff have managed to raise over £2000 for the Minga Foundation.
On a further fundraising note, one of the firms Fee Earners, Joshua Wood has also been on personal mission to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by running 84km in three weeks, taking on the Paris and Manchester Marathons.
Feedback from the Spare a Pair campaign has made Roberts Jackson aware that people living on the street are also in desperate need of new socks. Employees of Roberts Jackson have already started organising another campaign to provide the City’s homeless with some clean, dry socks to make life on the streets warmer, healthier and hopefully a little bit easier.