9th May, 2021

Solihull pub turns crisp packets into blankets for homeless

Sarah Mason 8th Feb, 2021

CRISP packets collected by a Solihull pub are set to be made into blankets for the homeless.

The Dingle, on Tanhouse Farm Road has collected hundreds of crisps packets since summer 2020 following on from an idea suggested by Yvonne Clements from the Elmdon Community Team and Eldom Councillor Laura McCarthy.

The initiative was coordinated by the pub’s operator Shannon Quigley and a shopping trolley was left outside its main entrance so people could drop their crisp packets off.

These crisp packets will be ironed out flat and turned into blankets.

They will then be distributed to the homeless in the local area, once lockdown has lifted.

Shannon said: “It’s a strange idea.

“However, being able to take a largely discarded item and turn it into something of use and potentially life-saving is humbling.

“What started as us just deciding not to throw away the crisp packets that we sold in the pub, has turned into a community-wide campaign.

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated so far, we are continuing to collect them to make as many blankets as we can.”

Any donations should be taken, safely, to the pub’s collection point – the trolley in the car park.

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