DO NOT BRING ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOOD AT THE MOMENT.  Urgent need for non-perishable foods and soft fruits to feed homeless guests and needy families.

Lockdown for The London & Slough Run is very different from the regular Monday night run.  Right now the charity is feeding over 150 people every day.  With support from our local supermarkets and generous donations from parishioners, the Parish Centre has been transformed into a food bank.  Every morning food is delivered to our homeless guests who are in temporary accommodation dotted around Slough and Maidenhead.  Working in partnership with churches of all faiths in Slough, we are providing basic foods to needy families, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet as their jobs have been suspended due to coronavirus.

We have an URGENT NEED for pasta, tins of tomatoes, baked beans, white sugar, coffee, biscuits, tinned meat and crunchy peanut butter.  We also really need soft fruits such as bananas, oranges or satsumas.  Other non-perishable goods such as breakfast cereals, rice, tuna, tinned soup, etc would be most welcome.  Please leave your contributions on the table outside the Parish Centre any day of the week and we will deliver them on your behalf.

If you are unable to contribute food due to the current situation, you can still support our work by making a financial donation.

Your donations and support are very much appreciated by our homeless guests and needy families at this difficult time.

For more information please see The London and Slough Run website.

Please do not bring anything other than food.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we do not have the volunteers to sort any other donations.  We do not require any clothing at present.  All our clothes storage facilities are now full.

 

 

Thoughts after the Night Shelter at Christ the Worker

Poem attributed to  Bill Birmingham

 

I ended up homeless; you gave me a bed.

I ended up starving; you gave me some bread.

I became dehydrated; you made me some tea

Whatever I needed, you offered to me.

 

I ended up homeless; I slept on the street.

I ended up starving; I’d nothing to eat.

I became dehydrated; was violently sick

And when you walked past, you gave me a kick.

 

I lost my employment: our lives were a mess,

You gave me some trousers and my girlfriend a dress.

When sickly you took me to see A & E

And waited behind until they had seen me.

 

I lost my employment: you gave me no job,

For some clothes to wear, I just had to rob.

When sickly you told me that I shouldn’t fuss

I could get to the hospital on the hospital bus.

 

When lying in hospital I became very bored

But you came to visit and cheered up the ward.

When I was imprisoned, you showed me you care

You went out of your way to visit me there.

 

When lying in hospital I became very bored

But you didn’t come as you knew not which ward.

When I was imprisoned, you didn’t dare

Come into the prison to visit me there.

 

Lord, when did I save you from a terrible fate?

When did I see you in such a bad state?

You might not have noticed, but I still could see

As you did it for him, you did it for me.

 

Lord, when did I leave you to such a bad fate?

When did I see you in such a bad state?

You might not have noticed, but I still could see

As you didn’t for him, you didn’t for me.

 

The King will divide the sheep from the goats.

He’s seen what you’ve done and has taken a note.

For those who took action there’s a place in his court

But no place for those giving others no thought.

 

On a cold winter's night you may sometimes think how

You can best make provision for the homeless in Slough.

Let me bring to your notice that just out of sight

There's a shelter providing a place for the night.

 

Could we recommend that there's something you oughta;

Become of the shelter a good will supporter.

For some years ago the work was begun

Please look on the web for the London and Slough Run.