Linda McEvilly and her team of dedicated volunteers spend most of their week working to help and support local residents in Blackpool with their 'Care and Share' philosophy.
Care and Share founder, Linda, firmly believes in the saying "Charity begins at home" and asks the general public to help by donating their unwanted clothes, bedding, curtains, bric-a-brac and gifts etc. Nothing is wasted; donated goods are then sorted and redistributed to those in need.
The team work from their Hope House base at Tarnside, Mereside, and support a network of over 30 local groups, charities and agencies. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Hope House is open for donations from 10.30am - 12.30pm. There is also a donation box under the window if items are left outside these times.
A typical day for volunteers can include dropping off care packages for families in need, collecting food items from the local Tesco and Asda stores and taking these to the food bank, or sorting through donated items to get them ready for beneficiaries.
Recently, Linda has been working with Blackpool Coastal Housing's Emergency Housing Team to support families as they prepare for the move into new homes, providing much needed items in these difficult times. The Team exclaimed, "We just call Care and Share to tell them what's needed and within a couple of days the items arrive, it's wonderful!"