Christmas cheer offered by market traders

By on 20/12/2010 in News

Traders at Birmingham's Bull Ring Markets have demonstrated one of the more traditional meanings of Christmas through a generous festive gesture.

A package of warm items of clothing such as scarves, hats, gloves and jumpers has been donated by stallholders for distribution amongst the city's homeless community.

Traders and Birmingham City Council officials are set to hand over the items to members of the St Martin's Homeless Outreach Team at 10am on Tuesday (December 21).

The Homeless Outreach Team works with the city's markets around the year to collect and distribute donations from stallholders for those in need in the city centre area.

Steve Grogan, Head of Markets at Birmingham City Council, said: “Our markets are the heartbeat of the city centre - and this magnificent gesture underlines why this is the case.

“The freezing weather we have had in recent weeks looks set to continue for some time, so I am sure the items in the package will be warmly received by those who are homeless locally.

“As we all know, the economy has been challenging for market traders in recent times, so for them to donate like this - not only at Christmas but all year round - shows how committed they are to serve the people of Birmingham.

“It also confirms the Christmas spirit is alive and well on the Bull Ring Markets markets. The festive period is about giving, not just receiving.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

A media opportunity to support this event is being staged at 10am on December 21. Anyone wishing to cover this should report to the Market Customer Centre on Edgbaston Street and ask for Clare Reeves

For further information - and to confirm attendance - please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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