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Night sheter kept open during freezing temperatures thanks to volunteer team gathered by PCC

  • Published: 13-02-2018 at 11:02

A NIGHT shelter for the homeless was kept open during freezing temperatures thanks to a volunteer team gathered by the police and crime commissioner.

PCC Marc Jones stepped in when the emergency shelter was facing an overnight closure because of a shortage of volunteers.

When Mr Jones heard the homeless shelter may not be able to open on one of the coldest nights of the year he put out a call for help and friends and colleagues rallied to help.

The volunteers – councillors Nigel Pepper and William Gray, Louth and Horncastle constituency manager Rachel Storer and Boston PCSO Rachel Braim - opened the doors for 20 homeless people at the Centenary Church in Boston.

“The work done by the church to help the homeless at the time of most need is tremendous and when I heard the shelter may not open on one of the coldest nights of the year I couldn’t stand by and do nothing,” Mr Jones said.

“I’m really thankful that so many friends and colleagues came forward to ensure we could keep the shelter open but there are many people who give their time regularly who deserve enormous credit. It was a humbling experience for all of us.

“The men and women who used the facilities were friendly, respectful, well behaved and grateful and I am so glad we were able to help them.”

The emergency night shelter, run by Churches Together in Boston, opens when the temperature drops to zero or below for three consecutive nights. The shelter operates a strict policy of no drugs, alcohol or abusive behaviour.

The shelter is open between 10pm and 8am and each visitor is given a laundry bag containing a duvet, pillow and blanket, which they name and use every night they call.

The accommodation is dormitory style separating men from women. During the winter of 2012/13 the shelter opened for 40 nights with 42 volunteers.

For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or mjgrubb@btinternet.com