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Soup runs: a reader replies

March 2nd 2015
 

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)

 

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March 2015

 

Contents

Advice: Gambling it all

Need to know: drugs

Focus: Arts with benefits

Readers give their views

Authorities held to account

Emmaus launches new centre

Norway drops begging laws

Award-winning storage

US woman walks for justice

Man shot for throwing rocks

Homeless people urged to register to vote

Football dreams

Homeless man set on fire

Locals mourn ‘car lady’

City-wide hostel upgrade

Weekend drop-in closes doors

Cooking up a plan

London fights back

Soup runs: a reader replies

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