Blackburn Rovers are once again helping to 'Wrap Up Lancashire' as part of an ongoing initiative to help the homeless.
For the second year running, the club have donated 150 pairs of socks to Rotary Clubs in Blackburn, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, who are striving to keep vulnerable people warm this winter.
Rotarians in East Lancashire are collecting clothes and giving them to nominated charities that support the homeless and people living in poverty.
Ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday, drop-off boxes have been placed in the Roverstore and Blackburn End reception at Ewood Park for fans to donate unwanted coats – of any size, style or colour – to further support the cause.
Malcolm Baldwin, of Accrington Rotary Club, said: “We’re collecting clean, unwanted coats – men’s, women’s and children’s – which will be distributed to our partner charities, who deal with the homeless, families in crisis, domestic violence and those in need.
“The club gave us some socks last year, which were really well received, and helped us to promote the campaign and hopefully this will do the same and help to spread the word. To have the backing of someone like Blackburn Rovers is absolutely superb.”
Ann-Marie Etherington, of Great Harwood & Rishton Rotary Club, added: “There’s frost on the cars in the morning, which just makes you realise how cold it’s getting and you have to remember that there’s people on the streets and it’s not even the start of winter yet, so it really is an eye-opener.
“It’s something that everybody can do. Look in your wardrobes at home, you’ve all got coats that you don’t wear or that you know that somebody else could really make good use of.
“It’s not just homeless charities, it’s charities that are dealing with families in crisis, young people and domestic violence. So it’s not just thick, heavy coasts we need, it’s any coat, of any shape, size and colour, that we promise we will make good use of and find a good home for.”
Image: Rovers stars Danny Graham and Bradley Dack join club doctor Chris Dalton, along with Ann-Marie Etherington, of Great Harwood & Rishton Rotary Club, and Malcolm Baldwin, of Accrington Rotary Club at the Blackburn Rovers Senior Training Centre.