DEC 00] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Clubbers Help Sally Army
clubbers who forget to take their coats home will be helping keep
the homeless keep warm this Christmas after a Coventry nightspot
teamed up with the Salvation Army.
at the SkyDome complex in Croft Road decided to take action
after hearing that the Salvation Army was gearing up to cater
for larger numbers than ever over the festive period.
front, CJ (Jumpin Jaks entertainment manager) Major Brian Slinn
(Salvation Army) and Aaron Hollis (assistant manager Ikon/Diva/Bonds)
of Ikon and Diva nightclubs along with Jumpin Jaks live
entertainment bar will visit the group's Upper Well Street shelter
when their doors close at 12am on Christmas morning.
they will take with them around 200 coats which have gone unclaimed
after being left in the clubs' cloakrooms for over six months.
Diva and Bonds manager Ian Knight is hoping the shelter can
distribute the coats to people who visit them over Christmas.
Salvation Army's Upper Well Street premises is open for four full
days over the holiday period giving meals and refuge to the
homeless, but we have been told that a lot of people eat and then
go back onto the streets.
at least they will have the chance of getting their hands on
something to keep them warm.
Christmas Eve we are holding a huge party at the complex with free
admission to all outlets and are expecting to attract over 3,000
you are organising an event like that it is easy to forget that
not everyone is having such a great time at Christmas and
hopefully this will make some difference."
Jaks manager Andrew MacLeod revealed that anyone who has left a coat
at SkyDome for over six months will have until Friday 22nd December
to claim it.
people think they have left a coat here then they can still come
and claim it - although we will be asking them to make a donation
to the Salvation Army in lieu of us looking after it.
felt it was only fitting that on a night which will be one of the
most festive and fun of the year at SkyDome, the complex should
try and spread its Christmas cheer a bit further."
Brian Slinn, who runs the Upper Well Street hostel, said the gesture
was hugely appreciated.
is pleasing that they have thought of this and the coats will be
put to very good use, it is a gesture that is in the true spirit
have capacity to accommodate 120 people over Christmas and we
expect quite a few to come in for meals but not to stay.
also have the 'Grub and Gab club' each Saturday which caters for
40 to 50 people so it will not take long to distribute the coats
to needy causes."