Huddersfield Street Angels usually spend their time helping weekend revellers, with water, First Aid and help with lifts home, but on Saturday, December 20, they brought some Christmas cheer to members of staff at a number of pubs and clubs, and to the police and CCTV staff.
The scheme was the idea of Ian and Karen Atkinson.
The members of Kirkheaton Parish Church and regular Street Angels wanted to build on the positive relationships that already exist between staff and Street Angels within the town centre.
They distributed gifts of chocolates, biscuits and home baking to seven venues including The Warehouse, Yates and Mavericks.
“We wanted to recognise just how hard staff, police and camera operators work throughout the year,” said Ian, chairman of Huddersfield Street Angels, “making sure that people have a safe and enjoyable time in the town centre,”
Karen said how pleased people were to receive the gifts. She said: “There was such a positive response. It was great to be able to give something to a group of people who don’t get many compliments in a night’s work.”
All the gifts were provided by members of Kirkheaton church. “We asked for donations from our friends there and they responded magnificently,” Ian added, “even when we discovered that one venue had 75 members of staff.
“We hope we will be able to make this an annual event. Next time we hope we will be able to include even more venues. We are also considering something similar at Easter.”
For more information about the work of the Huddersfield Street Angels, visit the Facebook page or contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org