Knitting For The Homeless

Knitting For The Homeless

Burgess Hill residents Brenda, Pat and Jean met with Paul Young from Brighton based charity Off the Fence at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks recently.

They, along with many other customers of the Brighton Road outlet have been busy knitting woolly hats, scarves and gloves for the homeless living on the streets of Brighton and Hove.

Brenda, Pat and Jean asked to meet Paul, the charity founder, to find out more about the work he does with some of the most vulnerable in our society. Paul explained that there are currently more than 3,000 homeless in Brighton and Hove, although the number actually living on the street is much lower. He added that his team were busy this week with the changeover to military sleeping bags, designed to keep people warm as temperatures plummet to freezing. The much needed hats and scarves were due be on the street by 6pm the same evening they were fashioned.

Off The Fence offers people hope, a way forward and the opportunity to live a transformed life.

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If you’d like to donate hats, scarves or warm socks, please drop them off to the collection point in The Barn Coffee Shop & Restaurant at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks.