On the 9th June Mary wrote to several local businesses to ask for their support in donating sleeping bags to Sanctuary 21’s campaign to gather sleeping bags to help those who are sleeping on the streets.

Mary wrote to Mountain Warehouse, Halfords, and Amazon, who have local stores in the City of Durham, to request that they step in and offer stocks of sleeping bags to support the donation drive and make sure that people who are living on the streets have more access to comfort.

Mary said

In the fifth richest country in the world, it is a failure of this Tory Government’s leadership that we still have people sleeping on the streets. They showed during COVID that when there is will to address the issue, it can be. People often experience homelessness through no fault of their own so I have written to Mountain Warehouse, Halfords and Amazon in Durham to ask if they’d consider making donations to Sanctuary 21 so they can continue to ensure that people experiencing homelessness in and around the city are able to stay warm.

Full text of Mary’s letter can be found below:

I have recently been advised that the Salvation Army in Durham have a lack of sleeping bags available to distribute to people who are facing homelessness in and around the city. You may be aware of a scheme they operate whereby homeless people can swap sleeping bags which have become wet or damaged.

As a major retailer in my constituency, I wanted to invite you to take part in an appeal I am putting together in an attempt to support residents of Durham city who are experiencing homelessness.

I’m sure, like me, you understand that people become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which can push people into homelessness – and women often experience homelessness after they have escaped a violent or abusive relationship.

If your company is in a position to donate any sleeping bags, whether they are new or former shop floor display items, I’d be more than happy to ensure the Salvation Army receive them.

Should you be able to support this appeal please do get in touch with me via email at: mary.foy.mp@parliament.uk or via telephone on 0191 374 1915.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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