Luke who’s come to the rescue for Hyde charity

A TALENTED Hyde singer came good when a local charity needed him to mark its third anniversary.

Luke Crabtree

Sandwich Angels, which distributes food to the homeless and needy, took centre stage when the group was let down.

At just a few days’ notice, Luke Crabtree stepped in and produced the goods, landing him a role with the Angels in future.

Luke is now Sandwich Angels ambassador after his fine showing – not bad for someone who has been singing for less than two years.

The 11-year-old did not develop his voice until he joined Fates Academy, which is owned and ran by Coronation street actress Faye Brookes and Pop Idol star Gareth Gates

Luke goes once a week for three hours and learns singing, dancing and acting in MediaCity, developing what he taught himself by constantly singing, going over and over things until he gets it right.

The pupil at St Paul’s Primary School on Turner Lane, who heads to Hyde Community College in September, has trod the boards since the age of five and has received a scholarship to PQA Stockport.

He has helped many students at Fates Academy with live television performances and has even had a lead role in a short film.

He has sung or performed at various venues including Manchester’s Hilton Hotel but his starring show for Sandwich Angels has had a lasting effect.

A spokesman said: “Luke is our Sandwich Angels ambassador after he rescued us at our three year anniversary.

“Brave Luke had only days before heard of this and stepped in. He was very proud to sing to feed the homeless and we have chosen him to represent us as children are our future and he sings from the heart.”

Sandwich Angels, based at St Mary’s Community Hall in Newton, need donations as they have never been so busy, operating seven days a week.

Even when they are not in the hall, they still dispatch food parcels out consisting of a jumbo sausage roll, an orange, cake, biscuits, crisps, a bar of chocolate and a bottle of fizzy drink or water.

However, they also want hygiene packs and clothes for the people they help.

Co-ordinator Christine Howard has been overseeing the whole operation coordinating it from her phone.

Should Morrison’s supermarket Hyde text her that they have fruit and vegetables, she messages Cllr Peter Robinson to collect and deliver to the children’s care homes.

When Tesco Hattersley gets in touch, she then messages Tameside’s A Bed Every Night and they collect, same with the Co-op in Newton and Asda Hyde.

The Angels have a voucher treasurer, who minds and monitors every donated voucher and when she shops with our members, she gives him the receipts.

Christina also works with outreach groups and soup kitchens for seven days a week and she admits: “I’ve got a great team together and the emphasis is on we and us as a real team.

“I just monitor and when phone calls come in about a rough sleeper found hungry, I text one of our available members to deliver an emergency food pack and referring him to ABEN while at the same time messaging the professionals.”

• If you are keen to get involved with Sandwich Angels, you can get in touch with them through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/1sandwichangels/

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