Salvation Army projects benefit from Library Theatre Company production

The Salvation Army will be putting to good use thousands of items of lost property collected by Transport for London which were used in the Manchester  Library Theatre Company’s recent production of Manchester Lines. Written by award-winning Manchester playwright, poet, and novelist Jackie Kay, Manchester Lines ran for four weeks in June and July this year.

The play, set in a lost property office, was staged at Number One First Street, a Manchester city centre office block. The set and props were mostly items of lost property collected by Transport for London, who donated the items to the Library Theatre Company on the condition that they were then forwarded in their entirety to the Salvation Army.

“We’ve put the items we’ve been given to great use already,” says Rachel Steward, Community Manager of the Salvation Army in Sale. “A group of young people from Sale are going to Chikankata in Zambia in August to volunteer at a hospital and in the local community. There were a large number of crutches in the set, and thanks to Emirates airline who have agreed they could take them with their luggage, they will all be being used in the local hospital.”

Other items will be put to good use closer to home. All the donated items are being sorted and items which can be sold can be bought at Sale’s Table Top Sale in October which will be raising funds for the Salvation Army’s Annual Appeal, and at the Salvation Army shop in Sale.

 “We are always on the lookout for unwanted items which can be sold,” continued Mrs Steward, “so to have received thousands of items thanks to the Library Theatre Company and Transport for London was a marvellous boost for us, and we are extremely grateful to both organisations for their help.”

Report from Sale & Altrincham Messenger Newspaper Aug 2012