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HA gathers discarded festival tents for rough sleepers

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

HA gathers discarded festival tents for rough sleepers HA gathers discarded festival tents for rough sleepers

A housing association's staff have been gathering up tents left behind at a music festival - to be redistributed to rough sleepers this winter.

For the fourth year running, North Wales Housing (NWH) collected discarded camping equipment at the Abersoch site of the Wakestock festival.

The team managed to gather 69 tents, 48 sleeping bags, 45 roll mats, 15 air beds, 22 camping chairs, 10 pairs of wellies, plus cool bags, ground sheets, blankets, inflatable pillows, picnic mats, tent pegs and trainers.

The annual collection fills a significant gap in NWH’s supported housing budget, enabling the social landlord to provide essential winter packs that are distributed at the gates of Bangor-based hostel, St Marys.

A typical winter pack is made up of a tent, sleeping bag, blanket, cooling equipment and tinned food stuff.

Kerry Jones of NWH said: “The Wakestock event is a brilliant opportunity for us to collect unwanted, quality camping equipment that’s largely been used for that one event.

"We take our haul back to the hostel, clean it down and redistribute it in the winter when rough sleepers, unable to find a bed for the night, are in need of extra support and shelter.

“We’d like to once again thank the organisers of Wakestock for facilitating the day and allowing us on site. Their left over waste is once again going to a great place!

“We are, however, still missing some basic essentials and are in real need of tracksuit tops and bottoms, trainers and boots, socks and underwear, mostly for men. If anyone has any unwanted items that they are able to donate, please call in to St Mary’s homeless hostel in Bangor where we’d be glad to accept any donations.”

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