Homeless project Making Winter Warmer founders honoured at Glass Slipper Awards

Making Winter Warmer

Kerry Lister-Pattison and Jo-Anne Burns, founders of Making Winter Warmer, have been presented with the Women in the Community award at the annual Glass Slipper Awards.

Jo-Anne Burns, co-founder of the project, set up to help the homeless said: “It feels amazing to receive such an award and we were in complete shock given the amazing people we were up against.

“This award isn’t just for us two as individuals but we see it as an achievement for everyone involved in the Making Winter Warmer journey.”

The Glass Slipper Awards, which debuted in 2013, recognise the achievements of inspirational Women across the North East and the inspiring duo received the prestigious Women in the Community award for their tireless efforts in helping the homeless.

The Making Winter Warmer project was set up to collect donations from over 20 drop off zones around the North East and create rucksacks full of essential items to then be handed out to the homeless and those less fortunate.

Over 200 of these rucksacks, made up of items such as warm jumpers, toiletries, sleeping bags and flasks, have been given out by the Making Winter Warmer team to those who are sleeping rough .

Andrea Wright, a team member at Making Winter Warmer, said: “The team goes out every Friday evening and they’ll have around 10 made up rucksacks to give these essential items to street friends we haven’t already met. It’s a major part of what we do.”

Making Winter Warmer provide indispensable care and support to those who need it most and the project now has more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.

“To be involved in a group of over 11,000 of such people is an absolute honour,” Jo-Anne said.

“At the moment our main focus is that of an emergency measure, handing out essential rucksacks and sleeping bags, food and hot drinks to keep or street friends warmer.

“We hope to keep growing with the group, gain more kind-hearted and compassionate members to continue donating their unwanted items, their money or even a few hours of their time.”

For further information on how to help the project search Making Winter Warmer on Facebook or Twitter or email makingwinterwarmer@gmail.com

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