Two Nottingham non-profit organisations have joined forces to feed and clothe not only people living on the streets, but their dogs as well.
Tracy, along with other volunteers, such as Lydia, Lesley and 14 year-old Misty feed between 20-60 hungry and homeless people every Friday night.
Nottingham Animal Rights have been handing out jackets, jumpers, leads and collars to dog owners, to ensure their dog is kept away from the cold and wet.
Corinne Longman, of the Nottingham Animal Rights group, says that they want to see the dogs as well as the humans have lots of donations.
“Without us on a Friday, they wouldn’t have anything to eat”
Tracy Dickinson Wheeldon, MBC Street Kitchen
Nottingham Animal Rights group do not take money donations, but they do ask and encourage people to go into shops and buy essentials such as underwear, socks, jackets and dog coats.
“As well as a lot of homeless people that need a lot of help, they have dogs, and we really really want to see the dogs as well as the humans be able to have lots of donations. We’ll make sure we’ll get a jacket that fits them nicely.” said Corinne Longman from Nottingham Animal Rights.
Audio: Corinne Longman and Tracy Dickinson Wheeldon. Helping the homeless and their dogs in Nottingham.
Tracy and the group also patrol around Nottingham, making sure that they can get food and drink to anyone that could not get to them, in fear of losing their safe place on the streets.
“Without us on a Friday, they wouldn’t have anything to eat. I can’t let my guys down. They just want to me spoken to, because that’s part of being on the street, the loneliness of no one talking to you,” said Tracy Dickinson Wheeldon of MBC Street Kitchen.
According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2016 and published in January 2017, 4,134 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in the UK.
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