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Encounter with homeless woman encourages mum to host benefit concert

A Knutsford mum-of-two organised a benefit concert in aid of a homeless woman she met just once in Manchester.

Helen Wilson met Alice at the Christmas Market last year and decided she had to do something to help her.

Helen said: “I felt ashamed that I had been moaning about the cold earlier that day and then I met Alice who, despite the cold and despite being homeless, still smiled.”

The concert was held at the underground bar, the Roadhouse, on Wednesday and brought a glimpse of light into the lives of marginal people in Manchester.

Money raised from the concert went to Manchester’s homeless charity, the Mustard Tree and Shelter, the national homeless charity.

Helen said: “We have to realise that we are all in this together, every human being should have the right to shelter.”

Helen, who had organised the event herself with a little help from friends, held a raffle and and auctioned off donated items to raise the money, which at the end of the night, topped a thousand pounds.

Music from local artists, The Beeky Chastards, Wolf Ghost, Mike Dignam and Butterfly Jam entertained the crowd and Blues Brother Jake Blues  compered the evening.

Paul Wenham, Chief Executive of Mustard Tree said: “Events like A Home for Alice are crucial for us as a charity, partly for the money raised and also for the part it plays in raising awareness.”

Alex Wheeler, a student who attended the concert and who won a magnum of champagne in the raffle said: “When I heard the Beeky Chastards were playing I just had to come. 

“Now I’ve got this magnum and it’s all in aid of good cause. It’s been a wonderful night.”
For more information on the Mustard Tree or to make a donation, visit www.mustardtree.org.uk

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