Coombe Abbey’s warm gesture helps homeless people

Coombe Abbey staff give donation to Helping Hands.
Coombe Abbey staff give donation to Helping Hands.

A Brinklow hotel is spreading some seasonal warmth by lending a helping hand to homeless people this Christmas.

Coombe Abbey is upgrading bedding in its 119 rooms but didn’t want the old bedding to go to waste.

The management at the hotel has donated the blankets to the Helping Hands Community Charity.

The charity, which was set-up in 2012, distributes household goods, toys and clothes to the victims of domestic violence, homeless people and low income families across the area and runs a mobile soup kitchen.

Helping Hands receives referrals from statutory organisations in the community, as well as by word of mouth.

Coombe Abbey’s marketing manager Lisa Fell said: “When we decided to change all of our bed linen, we knew that we wanted to give it all away to a good cause and this is when we teamed up with the local charity.

“We already knew about all the good work Helping Hands had done before, through their Facebook page, so we thought it would be perfect to contact the charity and bring some Christmas spirit into the community.”

Lianne Kirkman, project co-ordinator for Helping Hands, said: “This is a really kind gesture of Coombe Abbey and the blankets will be put to very good use.

“We estimate there are around 25 to 30 people living rough in Leamington and the surrounding area and we help in a number of ways including our mobile soup kitchen, sleeping bags and blankets.

“We are totally dependent on people’s generosity and we are really grateful for all the help we receive.

“The fact that Lisa and her team had heard of Helping Hands is fantastic and we are very grateful.”