Chipper Funerals, Anglicare appeal to community to donate blankets for the needy

SUBIACO funeral home Chipper Funerals is calling on the community to donate their spare blankets to help people in need.

It is the fourth year the company has taken part in the initiative with Anglicare WA, to help homeless people around WA keep warm.

Chipper Funerals’ Bronwyn Medhurst said the company would match donations blanket for blanket.

Ms Medhurst said it was a small way people in the western suburbs could help those less fortunate.

“It’s a community-based initiative and one that we think is important,” she said.

“Not only does it benefit the person receiving the blanket, but it’s a nice feeling knowing you are helping someone in need.”

Ms Medhurst said in previous years Chippers had donated “truck loads” of blankets and hoped this year would be no different.

“Times are harder and there are more people needing assistance, so this year we are hoping to get more donations,” she said.

Chipper Funerals will be collecting blankets until the end of July. All the donations will distributed by Anglicare WA.

Anglicare WA executive of general marketing and partnerships Carrick Robinson said the blankets would go towards men, women and children in need of support.

“Whether it be new or old, donating a clean spare blanket can make the world of difference to someone in need,” he said.

“Every donation goes a long way to warm up a cold night.

“The initiative really puts homelessness on the agenda of local communities and highlights the value of people coming together to support a good cause.”