And as well as encouraging supporters to donate any unwanted coats to the homeless, the club itself is giving away all its old match steward coats to the appeal.
The Saints recently introduced a new uniform for its Safety Team, meaning that there were plenty of warm and hardy coats going spare at Franklin’s Gardens. But rather than see them go to waste, the coats were donated to the Hope Centre, a gesture that fundraiser Sue Wright says is very generous.
“It’s fantastic to have received the coats from the Saints,” she commented. “We’re coming to the winter months now and there are a lot of people in need of this warm clothing, especially those who are rough sleepers, so obviously having something warm for them to wear can be life-saving.
“We’ve received a lot of support from the Saints over the years in terms of bucket shakes. The guys have been down with food collections in the past too so we’re really grateful for their help.”
Head of community Sian Haynes says that donating the coats to the Hope Centre was an easy decision.
“The stewards’ coats have kept out the elements for many match days, and now they can help keep a homeless person warm during the winter and maybe save a life, too,” she said. “Many people will also have a coat at home that they do not use any more, and I would encourage them to support this cause.”
Supporters who wish to donate a coat can drop them off at Oasis House on Campbell Street in Northampton, or call 0845 519 9371. More information is also available online at www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk
The Saints is undertaking a wide range of charity work this November, including:
- An auction of mascot places at the Aviva Premiership game against Exeter to support the Poppy Appeal
- The 2014 Travis Perkins Big Christmas Toy Collection, which aims to brighten the Christmases of thousands of young people in care and in need across Northamptonshire
- Supporting Dylan Hartley’s Front Mo Union in raising funds for Movember