Charity fundraisers brave street life

3:00pm Saturday 30th November 2013

MEMBERS of a Weaverham church spent a night on the village’s streets in a bid to raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal on Friday.

With 4.4million people left homeless in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, members of the Stronghold, on Forster Avenue, spent 20 hours outside Tesco Express on Northwich Road collecting money for the appeal.

Starting at 12pm on Friday, and not leaving until 8am on Saturday, they took guitars to busk with, buckets to collect money, sweets to hand out and were given boxes by the Co-Op to help make their stay on the street a little more comfortable.

“People are being so generous,” said reverend Mike Vickers on Friday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s given out of guilt it’s a just good cause that matters to people.

“It shouldn’t matter to us whether it’s right over the other side of the world, if it matters to the human race it should matter to us as it is important to God.

“We’ll have buskers until closing time, by then their fingers will probably have turned blue, and I’m sure we’ll be keeping spirits up and having a good laugh until about 2am – then it will be a case of survival!”

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