Loaves and Fishes are a local Stockport charity that supports homeless and disadvantaged people from the surrounding area...
The charity was started in 2013 by Ed Leavy, who pitched up in an empty car park in the middle of Stockport with some friends and began a simple soup kitchen. That first night just 5 people turned up, but just a few years later there can be between 35 - 50 homeless people using the service.
At the Olive Branch drop in centre, anyone faced with living on the street can call in for advice, support and practical help such as clean clothes, toiletries and a hot shower. The charity often reaches out to the local community for winter clothing, tents, sleeping bags and food donations. As well as donating a new kitchen to the drop-in centre, Howdens’ Stockport depot also pledged their support by acting as a drop off centre for donations.
Throughout the winter months Depot manager, John Worthington paid for local radio advertising to promote the depot as a drop-off point for the charity. Many local residents donated clothes, tents and sleeping bags as well as tins and other food items.