Mancunian spirit boosts GM Mayor Andy Burnham’s campaign to end rough sleeping

A book released to demonstrate the Mancunian spirit in the wake of the appalling Manchester Arena attack last year has gone on to help provide support for the city region’s rough sleepers.

The charity Forever Manchester has donated £43,766 to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, derived from the proceeds of This is the Place. A third of cash raised through sales of the iconic yellow book was pledged to the fund.

Performance poet, and This is the Place curator, Tony Walsh, and James Torry from Monsall-based Doodledo Motion – the driving force behind the book – presented GM Mayor Andy Burnham with the cheque to mark World Homelessness Day yesterday.

“The book is a beautiful thing and it’s raised just short of £150,000,” said Walsh. “A third of that has been donated to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, and we really do hope it will impact upon what is a truly serious problem for our city-region, the issue of homelessness and people sleeping rough.”

The money will contribute to A Bed Every Night, the mayor’s campaign to provide every person sleeping rough in the city-region a bed for every night of the coming winter.

“This significant sum will contribute this winter to providing a bed for every rough sleeper here in Greater Manchester,” Burnham said. “We can make that commitment partly on the back of this contribution. This is real progress – thank you to everyone involved in the book and to everyone who bought it.”

The day after the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May 2017, local poet Tony Walsh read his poem ‘This is the Place’ at the vigil outside the Town Hall.

That moment inspired 60 of the city-region’s most influential creative forces to collaborate and produce the book, with the proceeds dedicated to charitable causes.



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