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Big Coat Day 2010

Big Guys Back Bigger Coats Day - Make Your New Year’s Revolution

Fresh from winning the award for Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his part as an FC United fan in Looking For Eric, comedian John Henshaw has given his backing to Big Coat Day on New Year’s Day.

FC United supporters are being asked to bring spare winter clothing for the homeless and needy to the Ossett Town fixture at Gigg Lane next Friday.

Henshaw’s Looking For Eric drinking partner and fellow comic, Justin Moorhouse is also supporting the day. He said: "Being a man who has always needed a big coat, I appreciate the need for big coats and I hope everyone gets behind the collection."

Withington MP, John Leech and Bury South MP, Ivan Lewis will be in attendance too.

Last year, the impact of the cold winter months on the North West took someone’s life every half hour. General Manager, Andy Walsh believes shocking statistics like that prove why the campaign is so important.

He said: "Big Coat Day may have started as a bit of fun to show we had reached our first Christmas and it still is fun. But it is also an important statement showing that our supporters continue to care for all our community."

Further support has come from the Unison branches in Salford and Bury, Jobcentre Plus staff teams, the homeless organisation, Mustard Tree, which serves 6,000 homeless in Greater Manchester, the Salvation Army, refugee groups, the Boaz Trust and Eagle’s Wing, as well as Labour and Conservative councillors representing Bury wards.

North West Health organisation, Our Life is also backing the event as our Bolton Primary Care Trust. And, having invited members of the co-operative movement to attend the day, we can also look forward to staff from Co-operatives UK, The Co-operative Pharmacy, the Co-operative Group, Salford Community Leisure, The Co-operative College and Co-operatives North West being in the stands.

In 2007 we moved mountains of coats and created a four and a half ton mountain outside Gigg Lane. Don’t forget to bring spare winter clothing for the collection in the stadium forecourt by the Salvation Army and Boaz Trust.

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First Posted ~ 19:14 Sun 3 Jan 2010
News ID ~ 2616
Last Updated ~ 12:56 Mon 21 May 2018