Washington North Ward Coun and volunteer at Mickey’s Place, Jill Fletcher (L), with Funeral Administrator Linda Locking (R)

Washington funeral director helps residents wrap up for Christmas

VULNERABLE residents can keep warm and stay dry this Christmas thanks to a big haul of donated clothing organised by a local funeral firm.

Walker & Morrell Funeral Directors received dozens of clothes drops including hats, jackets, scarves and more after appealing for donations towards the latest initiative by community hub Mickey’s Place. 

Funeral Administrator Linda Locking said: “Wrapping up warm in these freezing temperatures is something many of us take for granted, yet a number of people simply can’t afford to. This can result in hypothermia or even death. 

“We’re delighted to be able to offer a number of coats, jackets and hats to Mickey’s Place, who will hand them out at St Michael’s Church in Sulgrave thanks to the generosity of the local community.”

Supported with donations gathered by Walker & Morrell, Mickey’s Place began as a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ café at the height of the pandemic in 2020. This year, the community hub has continued its outreach by asking people to donate warm outer clothing for those less fortunate around the festive season. 

Ms Locking added: “We met Mickey’s Place through St Michael’s Church, which is where they’re based and where we often carry out funeral services for local families. 

“After hearing about their plans we knew the local community would want to help, so we’ve committed to raising awareness and donations towards their worthwhile initiatives.”

The funeral directors has so far received over 25 items of clothing and has praised the efforts of locals. Donations can still be made to Walker & Morrell Funeral Directors at 4 West View, Concord, Washington, NE37 2DT.