Published: 12/04/2018 19:00 - Updated: 06/04/2018 14:24

'The look of joy made it all worth it'

Written byHector MacKenzie


Lisa Simpson
Lisa Simpson was heartened by the response of locals and businesses supportive of her efforts to help rough sleepers.

FOOTBALL fans attending the recent clash between Ross County and Partick Thistle further boosted a local woman’s fundraising drive to help rough sleepers.

As we previously reported, property manager Lisa Simpson had set herself a £2000 target to put together lifeline packs to help rough sleepers survive through bitterly cold temperatures.

That target was smashed as like-minded people got behind the effort and Ms Simpson was recently able to hand out the first of the kits, which include sleeping pods.

She said the gratitude shown by a homeless man gifted a cold weather survival pack convinced her the effort had been worthwhile.

She said: "It gave me great pleasure to hand out the first pack in person to a most deserving man. The man in this photograph, who I will refer to as ‘M’, was the very first recipient of one of the packs for the homeless.

"I met him at Ness Bank Church where they do amazing work feeding the homeless and those less fortunate than ourselves through their Inverness Foodstuff project.

"He is exactly who these packs were designed for and it was an honour to meet him. The look of joy on his face made all the hard work worthwhile. He gave me permission to take his photograph but to respect his privacy I’ve disguised his face and name.

"He’s a proud man who has genuinely fallen on hard times and who is doing everything in his power to help himself. I talked with him for quite some time. I am now assured that everyone in this area now has what they need and there are some packs stored in Inverness for handing out should the need arise."

A bucket collection at  the recent match added a further £309.

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