New Mills mum’s Christmas miracle

Matt Jones, Nicky Land and her son Jake
Matt Jones, Nicky Land and her son Jake
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A Buxton hairdresser has launched a festive campaign to get a homeless man off the streets of Manchester.

Nicky Land, of Nicky’s Hair Studio, has already chosen a worthy recipient for her Operation Christmas Miracle and said she hoped to provide him with a home by Monday.

She met Martin, who is known to friends as Marco, at the weekend when donating food and clothes to those sleeping rough in the city.

The 37-year-old now intends to use her own money combined with donations to pay for a deposit and one months’ rent on a flat yet to be finalised, for Marco, an artist who has been homeless for two years.

She said: “There was something about this guy. It was the anniversary of his father’s death. He didn’t feel as though he existed. He said 20 minutes before we spoke to him, he’d decided he didn’t want to be here anymore. I really trust this guy. He’s so grateful.”

The New Mills mum explained that she embarked on her project as she felt it was time to do something “worthwhile”.

Spurred on by her mum who said she was never going to change the world, Nicky set up homeless charity Helping Hands and decided to help one person at a time.

“We may not change the world, but if we can change one person’s world, it’s a job well done,” she said.

As well as donations, Nicky hoped to raise £120 for Operation Christmas Miracle from a charity seance and tarot reading session last night (Wednesday) at the salon.

The stylist is also launching a calendar featuring 12 High Peak hunks to raise money for the cause, which will be unveiled on December 1.

Joined by her son Jake, and friend Matt Jones, Nicky hopes to be able to help find a home for a second homeless person by Christmas.

The volunteers will be handing out warm clothing and sleeping bags, as well as hot Christmas pudding and custard to the homeless on Christmas Eve.

If you would like to make a cash or clothing donation, visit Nicky’s Hair Studio, on Market Street. See www.facebook.com/helpinghandsforabetterfuture for more information.