A new community group based in Peterborough is aiming to spread the love on Valentine’s Day for the city’s needy and the NHS.
OpRealLovePeterborough is calling on local citizens, businesses and other charities to donate items of food and clothing to be passed on to those without homes, the disabled and the elderly, and those on the poverty line.
The group of local activists is launching its campaign on Saturday, 14 February in Cathedral Square, when it will accept donations while handing out food and clothing including jumpers, coats, scarves, sleeping bags and other items, from 10am.
At 1pm the group will turn its attention to the NHS and march with banners to Peterborough City Hospital.
Joint organiser KiiKii Anne said: “Once we arrive in Bretton we will hold a peaceful and friendly demonstration that aims to raise awareness of the pressure the NHS is under while facing the budget cuts to our services.
“We will offer alternative ideas that may help achieve a better future for the NHS, and give reasons why that is not happening under the current government.”
Similar events will be held across the country under the OpRealLove umbrella on the same day, by activists railing against austerity, and it is hoped this will be the first of many events for Peterborough.
Fellow organiser Laura-Jane Sibley said: “There are too many people in Peterborough who are homeless and this is not something our community can be proud of.
“Our team want to give love to those who are cold, hungry and most in need.
“So we have organised this event to spread some real love and real compassion to those people who are left behind in a society of consumer consumption. Around the world this day will mark a spike in sale for already rich companies while the real essence of love is confused with diamonds and chocolate.”
The group also plans to have children’s crafts, balloons and cakes on hand at the Cathedral Square display, while one member of the team will be offering free professional haircuts.
How you can donate
Donations can also be dropped off with the team before the event.