Street Angels answer Oldham Event Centre prays to take leftover pies off their hands to give to needy
Oldham Event Centre staff proved they were upper crust good citizens when they were unexpectedly forced to shift a pie mountain on Saturday.
Preparations to feed a hungry army of Latics fans were well underway when game against Southend United was called off at last minute due to a frozen pitch and they were left facing a pastry palava.
But a "meat pie, sausage roll, c'mon Oldham give us a home!" plea on Twitter soon found the food a home and thanks Oldham Street Angels they were distributed among the town's homeless and needy.
Within minutes of getting the call out, Street Angels founder Jean Hurlston, agreed to take the 200 pies and sausage rolls off their hands and later that night volunteers Lynn and Barry Cotton and medic Gemma Heap handed 50 out to rough sleepers.
The rest were donated to a very grateful One World Cafe, at the Unitarian Chapel, in King Street, which offers hearty meals and refreshments to those in need.
"It happened so quickly and ran so smoothly it was amazing," said Borough Dean of Oldham Jean.
"Lynn and Barry picked them from Oldham Event Centre and then helped to hand them out on the night.
"It was such a cold night so they were very welcome.
"It just demonstrates that people don't want to waste food and they were thinking of others rather than throwing it away. It was great example of citizenship and a big thanks to everyone involved.
Sally Blakey, OEC Conference and Events Manager said: "We’re so pleased that the large quantity of food was able to help.
"The work the Oldham Angels and Salvation Army do is essential, especially in the weather we are currently experiencing, and it was a pleasure to support them and Jean."
Oldham Street Angels are on the verge of opening up a homeless drop in at their Hunters Lane base on Saturday nights from 11am to 1pm.
They aim to provide food, hot drinks and shower facilities to those in need and are holding a meeting on Saturday (march 3) at 11pm to get more volunteers on board.
"We need to recruit an additional team to be based at the centre on Saturday evenings to help provide a warm and welcoming place for rough sleepers," said Jean.
"We're specifically looking for people not up to walking about the town but great at brewing and sitting and chatting with people.
"You can be any age, they just need to provide a reference and be willing to be DBS checked.
"We'd also like to hear from anyone who could help us spruce up our facilities a bit or provide a few sandwiches, pies etc which are surplus."
If you'd like to help out, pop along to the meeting or go to "Oldham Street Angels" on Facebook and Twitter.