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Wood Street Mission

19 Mar 2007

A big thank you to all who supported the charity in 2006

This month a cheque for the sum of £2,500 was handed over to the Wood Street Mission.† This money was raised from the monthly Wood Street Lottery between 1 January†and 31 December 2006.† The same amount was handed out to members whose numbers came up in the monthly draws.

This money will go towards helping 1,261 families with clothing, bedding, small household items, toys and baby equipment including direct help for 2,989 children. At Christmastime 1,682 families received help with 3,664 children receiving a toy parcel.

Families come to Wood Street for help from across the Cities of Manchester and Salford. A recent report published by Save the Children, in conjunction with research undertaken by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, stated that 27% of children nationally are living in poverty. In the North West there are 79 local wards where the percentage of children living in poverty is at least twice the national average. 22 of these fall within our catchment area here in Manchester and Salford.

Poverty is a very real local problem.† Wood Street remains at the heart of providing free help with essential items to many families for whom the welfare state is not enough.† Your help is invaluable and they cannot help anyone without your support.

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