Maxine Peake has become model for the day to showcase a limited-edition range of fashion and products on sale exclusively at lifeshare.org.uk
Lifeshare – the oldest homeless charity in Manchester – has come together with seven Greater Manchester artists to create a range of t-shirts to celebrate the launch of its new online shop.
Peake, a long-term patron of the charity, has donned her favourite design with a range of Manchester artists involved including: Mikesian Studio, Caroline Dowsett, Guy Mckinley, Habitats, Han Valentine, DR.ME and Paul Hemmingfield.
Maxine Peake said: “I’ve supported Lifeshare for many years, the work it tirelessly carries out adapts to the immediate need of Manchester’s homeless community. I’d really encourage anyone looking for unique and creative presents this year to take a look. These artists are so imaginative and all profits will go to Lifeshare.”
Judith Vickers, Lifeshare’s operations director, said: “This year has been devastating for so many, but for the homeless many essential services and support networks just haven’t been able to operate. So many people who might have thought it would never affect them have become homeless – it’s been heart-breaking for so many. Lifeshare has been there throughout, but services are affected and donations have been drastically reduced. These t-shirts are a way for people to select thoughtful gifts – gifts that do good.
Peake continued: “So, if you are able to help or want to use your Christmas to spread a little original Manchester joy, take a look at our new Lifeshare.org.uk shop. I’ll also be popping up again soon for another announcement which I’m really excited about.”
Mikesian Studio commented: “This year has been hard for everyone, but especially for the homeless. We wanted to work on a project that really meant something, that supported our community and anyone who may sit outside the norms of ‘community’. We were lucky to enlist some help from some of the best artists in the city, and we’re really excited for the shop to go live.”
The t-shirts have been locally printed by Mike Palowski at Flood Clothing and all artists have given their time and copyright to the benefit of Lifeshare. The new shop will showcase the t-shirts and a range of other items to purchase with all profits going directly to the charity. T-shirts will be delivered in time for Christmas.
Founded in 1984, Lifeshare is a voluntary organisation that supports the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Salford and Manchester. It’s primary objectives include identifying street homelessness and offering assistance in obtaining emergency accommodation.