Socks & Chocs

by admin on 6 November 2013

DSC_5547PC Ian Northcotte is often seen at SIFA Fireside whether he is the musical entertainment or dropping off another bag of goodies for our Clients.

He gained his alias: the ‘Busking Bobby’ when he was chatting to a busker whilst on duty and decided to perform a song. A member of the crowd recorded it and it went viral online. You can see his youtube channel at http://youtu.be/_xOd8mzL2x8  where there is also a video of a SIFA Fireside client dueting with him!

When not writing songs and singing PC Ian Northcott campaigns with his colleagues to collect donations of socks, hats, gloves, sleeping bags and chocolate for various homeless charities across Birmingham. Last year they collected more than 1,500 pairs of socks, nearly 900 large boxes of chocolates, 270 hats and gloves, 60 sleeping bags and 10 duvets.

This year we at SIFA Fireside have been receiving a steady stream of donations via the Socks and Chocs campaign. Ian has now got schools and businesses onboard including Tesco and Cadbury, while V Festival also donated sleeping bags to him.

The Busking Bobby said;

“We are delighted with the response so far, but we are still urging people to donate so that we can help even more people who are less fortunate than ourselves. Christmas can be a particularly isolating time for many homeless people leaving them feeling very lonely and depressed, so we aim to bring them gifts that are both practical and a festive treat.”

Donations of socks and chocs can be made at The Good Shepherd in Wolverhampton, Coventry Cyrenians in Coventry, Birmingham City Mission or here at SIFA Fireside. To find out more visit www.socksandchocs.co.uk, and follow the Busking Bobby on Twitter (@buskingbobby).

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