Colchester Rough Sleepers Group’s plans to create a mobile homeless shelter to help the town’s rough sleepers have taken a gigantic step forward after a mystery benefactor contacted the group and donated £25,000.
The money has now been used to purchase a double decker touring coach which the group will now convert into a mobile sleeper unit for the homeless.
A spokesperson for the group, Simon Crow said: “This incredible act of generosity came out of the blue after recent coverage of our plans in the media and has stunned and delighted us all.
“Thanks to our mystery donor, we have been able to buy a vehicle we had been keeping an eye on and brought our plans forward.
“We decided a touring coach would better suit our needs. People will be sleeping on the coach so safety is of paramount importance and our coach has two flights of stairs and emergency doors which would aid evacuation in an emergency.”
The group have named the vehicle ‘Chariot 180’ and could be ready by Autumn/Winter 2018.
One of the group’s founding members, Pete Hope, formerly of GO4 Enterprises said: “Like many towns and cities Colchester has a rough-sleeper problem.
“In spite of the amazing work done by organisations such as the Emergency Night Shelter and Beacon House, there simply aren’t enough beds to get them all off the streets.
“‘Chariot 180’ will help by working with and supporting existing services and additionally, we plan to use it as a drop in centre during the day.
‘Chariot 180’ will literally be helping people to turn their lives around.”
Anyone interested can contact Colchester Rough Sleepers Group via their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colchester Rough Sleepers Group have also set up a justgiving page for online donations.