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In response to our February article on soup runs:
I used to sleep rough around Westminster cathedral. Nearly two years ago I was offered the chance to get back on track and now I work as bellman in a five-star hotel.
Though I’ve moved on, I will never be thankful enough for all those charities coming to us with food. To see people cared about me helped me to keep going.
There is a warm feeling to interact with volunteers. Soup runs area lifeline that give you hope.
A number of homeless people have had negative experiences with what I would call the ’official’ charities. I was excluded from one day centre when I was sleeping around Westminster cathedral. I complained and was allowed to come back.
With the soup runs volunteers, I was always treated with respect and love.
That was really important.
Fabrice Rochange, London (by email)