Fundraising through festive art for homeless charities in Manchester


Local community art fundraiser, Baubles 4 Beds has taken over the Christmas trees along the Royal Exchange Arcade to raise awareness and much needed funds for four Manchester homeless charities over the course of this festive season.

Baubles 4 Beds works with local schools, communities, businesses and charities across Greater Manchester, bringing them together in a fun and engaging art project to create Christmas tree decorations that help convey the important message of the collection funds, while raising money for Manchester’s homeless. This year the organizers pledged to expand their platform by approaching more Manchester businesses to get involved, one of which was The Royal Exchange.

Usually, the olive trees that line the Royal Exchange Arcade are replaced by ornately decorated Christmas trees adorned with luxurious baubles and ornaments for the holiday season. Baubles 4 Beds founder and organizer Frank Dowd approached The Royal Exchange after spotting recent Christmases and the management team were more than happy to accommodate Frank’s request to allow schools and communities to decorate trees, to help support the cause and spread the word this year.

All fourteen of the five-foot Christmas trees are adorned with beautiful, creative baubles handmade by local school children and community groups, which they hope will appeal to many when they visit Manchester. It is also possible to donate to the cause by scanning the QR code on the trees, for anyone able to do so.

The four local charities that will benefit from the fundraiser are: Coffee4Craig, Barnabus Manchester, AKT Manchester and the Mustard Tree. All funds raised will be shared equally between them at the end of the campaign.

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