Scheme helps 400 vulnerable people in just two weeks

A SCHEME to support vulnerable residents in Clacton helped more than 400 people in just two weeks.

The Winter Warmers pop-up shop opened in Pier Avenue at the beginning of December as part of a project involving the Princes Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau and Tendring Council.

Clothes, blankets, food and toys were collected before being handed out to people in need.

Council cabinet spokesman Lynda McWilliams said: “In just two weeks Winter Warmers has helped more than 400 individuals on benefits and low incomes.

“There have been huge donations of clothes and there are stocks in reserve.

“The shop has also received a £500 donation from a local organisation which wants to remain anonymous and this money will be used to support people in need.”

The shop has now closed in Clacton and will reopen in Harwich.

The project started as part of the Community Builder Trial following a £53,000 grant from Essex County Council to develop stronger communities in Tendring.

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