Community spirit triumphed in Stockport today as the town’s homeless received a hot meal thanks to local restaurant Qurashi.
Prominent campaigner, Lisa Smart, supported Qurashi’s bid to feed as many of the town’s homeless people, helping with the setup and handing out of the restaurant’s top quality food.
Councillor Lisa Smart volunteered to be involved with the project which is in aid of The Wellspring commenting that their work is “utterly invaluable.”
The Wellspring is a Stockport based charity that provides support to homeless and disadvantaged people all year round, aiming to lift people out of homelessness and become independent of services.
Councillor Lisa Smart said: “The community spirit from the Qurashi team and local residents has been truly heartwarming and it’s been an honour to be a part of today’s event.
“Whilst today has been an overwhelming success with over 100 of our most vulnerable receiving a hot meal, it raises an extremely worrying wider point about the rise in homelessness in Stockport.”
Alex Knight, project Worker at The Wellspring, which also provides educational courses empowering people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become independent, said: “A huge thank you to the guys from Qurashi for providing such a wonderful meal and for their support. The Wellspring is open every day providing food and support for anyone who feels that they need it.”
Last year The Wellspring revealed a rise of 174% in homelessness in Stockport seeing more than 300 rough sleepers.
Yahhia Qurashi, manager and owner said: “We are local small business and we believe in supporting local causes. We believe that the businesses and corporates also have responsibilities to make the world a better place by completing their duties which is not just the government’s job. Humanity is above all, individuals well as businesses and governments should work together for humanity and make this world a better place for all.”