Suma supports Charity Concert in Manchester
We are pleased to be able to offer our support to the Hope for Christmas concert which is being held at Manchester Academy 2 on December 12th.
Pop star Paul Heaton, formerly Beautiful South and Housemartins frontman, will be headlining, alongside co-singer Jacqui Abbot. The pair reunited this year when they released their album ‘What Have We Become‘.
The concert will be working with two Greater Manchester foodbanks, giving them a major boost as Paul chose them to benefit from the special Christmas gig. The concert organisers, Hope not Hate, will be encouraging the crowd to donate non-perishable foods and toiletries to support the work of Moss Side foodbank Compassion, and Bury’s Porch Boxes scheme.
In the past year Compassion has seen demand for its services double with the charity distributing 16,300 meals, 1,119 food parcels and feeding some 1,800 people in the first six months of 2014. Porch Boxes, which assists vulnerable families and individuals across Bury and Rochdale, has also seen demand reach record levels. Since it was founded in 2009 the charity has distributed 40,000 emergency packs to vulnerable or abused people living in temporary housing or hostel accommodation, the homeless and older people who live in poverty. Last year alone it issued 5,000 food packs via children’s centres, health centres, social services and other partner agencies.
Commenting on his decision to support the foodbanks, Paul Heaton said:
“Christmas brings it all to a head doesn’t it? This project will hopefully help people who are homeless or have struggled throughout the year to have a good Christmas and look into January and think that maybe things can change.”
The singer has posted articles on his official website to promote the charities and is encouraging each of more than 800 people set to attend Hope for Christmas to bring along a donation of tinned or sealed packed foods and toiletries.
Julia Rowland, who chairs Porch Boxes and admits to being a Paul Heaton fan thanked him for his support, saying:
“To fill our packs and support some of the most financially vulnerable people in our communities, Porch Boxes relies solely on the goodwill of individuals and organisations. Need is particularly acute at Christmas so we are really grateful to Paul not just for encouraging his fans to donate but for helping raise awareness of what we do.”
When we at Suma found out about the special event we felt compelled to help, and we will be sending a pallet of food for the two organisations to share. For more information check out Pauls website here.