A Mid Cheshire charity dedicated to helping children and old people left to fend for themselves in winter temperatures of minus 30°C is appealing for help with its latest project.
Christian Community Ministries needs more than £50,000 to complete work on a second home for street children in the town of Cluj Napoca - and is hoping Northwich people will dig deep to help them find the money needed.
When completed the home will provide a safe and caring environment for 36 children, a dozen of whom are already living in a smaller home next door also built by the charity.
The original home will then become a safe haven for elderly homeless people who, like the children, have nowhere else to live but on the streets.
Max Keelty, CCM's overseas mission leader and the man who has inspired the charity's work among the poor and homeless in the former community stronghold, said fundraising was now an urgent priority.
'There is only one old folk's home in the whole city, and those unable to get in have to live out on the streets because there is nowhere else for them to go.
'They sleep in doorways and under market stalls. In the winter when it's really cold the police send out extra patrols to collect the dead bodies.
'Children are also sleeping rough as well and the new home will enable us to take even more children off the streets as well as providing the old people with a safe and loving haven.'
The home is being built with the help of local Romanian workers and Cheshire volunteers.
'We have received some wonderful assistance from people across Mid Cheshire and we cannot thank them enough for their kindness,' said Max.
Cheques can be sent to the CCM office in Runcorn Road, Barnton, or call Max Keelty on 01606 782244. Details are also available on the charity's website www.ccm-international.info