Ho­tel help­ing out home­less dur­ing re­furb

Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS - Rosie Day News Re­porter rosie.day@coven­try­tele­graph.net

HOME­LESS peo­ple are ben­e­fit­ting af­ter im­prove­ments at a War­wick­shire ho­tel.

Coombe Abbey Ho­tel has up­graded all the bed­ding in it’s 119 rooms just in time for Christ­mas, but its old li­nen won’t be go­ing to waste.

The man­age­ment at the ho­tel has do­nated the blan­kets to the Help­ing Hands Com­mu­nity Char­ity, which op­er­ates across Leam­ing- ton, War­wick and Ke­nil­worth.

The char­ity, which was set-up in 2012, dis­trib­utes house­hold goods, toys and clothes to the vic­tims of do­mes­tic violence, home­less­ness and low in­come fam­i­lies across the area and also runs a mo­bile soup kitchen.

Coombe Abbey Ho­tel mar­ket­ing man­ager, Lisa Fell, said: “When we de­cided to change all of our bed li­nen, we knew that we wanted to give it all away to a good cause and this is when we teamed up with the lo­cal char­ity. We al­ready knew about all the good work Help­ing Hands had done be­fore, through their Face­book page, so we thought it would be per­fect to con­tact the char­ity and bring some Christ­mas spirit into the com­mu­nity.

“The win­ter months can be very hard for home­less and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple so lit­tle acts like this really can make a dif­fer­ence.”

Lianne Kirk­man, project co-or­di­na­tor for Help­ing Hands Com­mu­nity Char­ity, said: “This is a really kind ges­ture of Coombe Abbey Ho­tel and the blan­kets will be put to very good use.

“We es­ti­mate there are around 25-30 peo­ple liv­ing rough in Leam­ing­ton and the sur­round­ing area and we help in a num­ber of ways with our mo­bile soup kitchen, sleep­ing bags and blan­kets.

“We are to­tally de­pen­dent on peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity and we are really grate­ful for all the help we re­ceive. The fact that Lisa and her team had heard of Help­ing Hands is fan­tas­tic and we are very grate­ful.”

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