Our Winter Warmth Campaign is designed to provide support and comfort to the homeless and underprivileged during the cold winter months. Throughout the season, we prepare and distribute 30-50 care packs, which include essential items such as socks, gloves, and scarves, as well as any other specific items requested by those in need.
These care packs not only provide warmth and protection from the elements but also convey a message of hope and compassion to individuals who are often overlooked or forgotten. By offering this assistance, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of the homeless and underprivileged and help them navigate the challenges of the winter season.
The cost of assembling a single care pack is £30. By contributing towards this campaign, you can play a vital role in bringing warmth and comfort to those who need it most during the harshest months of the year. Your support can make a significant difference and remind our fellow community members that they are not alone in their struggles.
Community Food Kitchen
Engaging in the noble act of providing food, Planet Mercy has been operating community food kitchens since 2009, serving over 15,000 hot meals to date. Our kitchens welcome individuals facing hardships from all backgrounds, creating an environment that fosters socialization, friendship, and support. Alongside hot meals, we offer a listening ear and a caring heart. Through these interactions, we identify the unique needs of our service users and provide tailored assistance, ranging from financial to welfare-related support. The cost to run a single kitchen is approximately £400. You can sponsor a kitchen or contribute towards it with any generous intention.
Emergency Food Parcel Service
The need for emergency food parcels emerged during the Covid-19 lockdown, as people were isolating and facing financial difficulties due to work disruptions. Even after the pandemic, the demand for food parcels persists as individuals continue to face economic challenges. Our standard food parcels include bread, eggs, fruit, vegetables, tinned food, and snacks, though we accommodate specific needs as required. So far, we have delivered over 10,000 parcels, valued at more than £50,000. Each parcel costs between £15 and £20. You can donate single or multiple parcels to support this initiative.
Homeless Outreach Program
For several years, our dedicated team has been providing food and comfort to the homeless and needy in Manchester, Bolton, and Preston every fortnight. We prepare and distribute 100-110 lunches, which include a variety of items such as snacks. As part of our outreach, we also spend time with those we serve, offering emotional support and occasionally delivering winter essentials and other necessities. The cost to run a single Homeless Outreach Program is around £200. You can sponsor an entire feed or make a partial contribution towards this compassionate effort.
Our primary focus has been on providing aid to Asylum Seekers and Refugees who have been forced to flee from their war-torn homelands. We strive to offer them the essential support they need during such difficult times. However, the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in demand for our services from UK residents facing a variety of economic and personal challenges.
Among our service users, we have observed that a significant proportion – one in four – are single mothers grappling with financial difficulties. Our team at Planet Mercy understands the unique struggles faced by these families and is dedicated to helping them overcome their hardships.
At the core of our mission is a commitment to ensuring our Zakah distribution adheres to the principles of Shariah. To maintain the highest standards of compliance, we seek guidance from qualified Islamic scholars who provide expert oversight on our operations. By doing so, we uphold the sacredness of Zakah while making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of those we serve.
In 2022, we were able to distribute £1400 to 15 families through this project, which helped to alleviate some of the financial burdens that they were facing. The support that we offer through our Sadaqah project can make a significant impact in the lives of those who are struggling, providing them with the resources they need to get back on their feet.
We believe that every little bit counts, which is why we welcome any contribution, no matter how small, towards this project. By donating to our Sadaqah project, you will be directly helping to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Together, we can create a brighter future for those in need.
We offer various forms of hardship support to families in need through our three categories: Gas and Electric Top Ups, House Hold Appliances, and our Hardship Fund.
Our Hardship Fund has been running since the start of the pandemic and has already provided over £7,000 to families in need. After the assessment, families receive a one-time payment of £250 to help with their financial difficulties.
Additionally, we understand the importance of having essential household appliances such as cookers, washing machines, and fridge freezers. That’s why we provide these appliances to families who cannot afford to purchase new ones after their appliances have broken down.
With the rise in the cost of living, we have seen many families faced with the difficult choice between heating their homes or putting food on the table. Through our Gas and Electric Top Ups scheme, we provide assistance to families struggling with their energy bills. So far, we have helped around 50 families with top ups that vary based on family size and other factors.
If you’d like to support our Hardship Support cause, you can donate any amount.