Residents and visitors to the borough are being warned that misplaced generosity could be condemning beggars to an early death.
The 'your kindness could kill' campaign has been launched to advise people not to give money to people begging on the city's streets. It highlights that many of those who beg have drug or alcohol addictions and the money they receive from passers-by goes on feeding these addictions
Instead, people are being encouraged to donate directly to local charities and organisations which can provide lasting support
Whilst there is a small number of people in Cheshire West and Chester who present themselves as homeless – Foundation Enterprises – North West (FENW), the Cheshire West and Chester Homelessness Provider is committed to leaving no-one out in the cold who wants to change their circumstances.
'your kindness could kill' is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Foundation Enterprises – North West, Cheshire Police and CH1ChesterBID.
How you can help
Rather than giving to individuals who choose to beg directly, support local organisations and charities that are supporting individuals instead. Your donation can make a real difference by providing real or lasting support to the people who need it most. We are not asking you to just ‘walk on by’. By all means engage street people in conversation; however, please don’t give them money. Too many people can die from overdoses on the street. Your kindness could kill.