Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
The LATH (Looking After The Homeless) Group held 'A Gala Autumn Concert' at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Wistaston on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
The concert featured ukulele collective ‘The Ukey Monster’ - https://www.facebook.com/TheUkeyMonster - who performed an eclectic combination of popular songs in a quirky, energetic and upbeat style. There were vibrant vocal harmonies, Ukey sizzling solos, luscious licks and big bass grooves from Deep Purple to Lily Allen, Michael Jackson to Motorhead, and Chuck Berry to Pink Floyd! There was also a raffle and free light refreshments.
Proceeds from the concert will go to The LATH Group, who have converted the disused former 'Bed Centre' shop at 38 High Street, Crewe into a drop-in centre to help homeless, vulnerable and lonely people. The centre features a recreation area, lounge area, computer facilities, telephone service, toilet block, kitchen and dining area.
The LATH Group developed from an idea obtained from a talk by a Salvation Army Officer in 2009, to a full blown registered charity, offering sustenance, advice and assistance, and practical support to the most vulnerable in the community.
The LATH Group is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and most of its funds come via donations and its own fundraising, with some corporate support by way of groceries from Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, the SPAR shop (Rope Lane), and other support from the FRESH Group of businesses.
Bernard Potter (Chair of The LATH Group) said, "Fundraisers like this are so enjoyable for all concerned, contribute valuable funds for our cause, and hopefully raise awareness of what we are about"
For further information relating to The LATH Group, including ways in which you can help, please visit their website: http://www.lathgroup.org.uk , or email: firstname.lastname@example.org