THE kindness of two businesses in Burton is helping the town’s homeless people to beat the current freeze.
Harvester, on Ninth Avenue in the Centrum development, has raised £100 from customers for Burton YMCA, and Springfield’s Army Stores, in Station Street, provided 10 sleeping bags at a special price of £10 each.
Paul Laffey, Burton YMCA chief executive, explained: “We have a finite number of places available for homeless people at our Reconnect Centre, in James Street but, if the temperature drops below zero, we are able to provide facilities for anyone without a bed for the night to lie down on the floor there in the warm.
“Over the last few days, we have had two to three homeless people approach us every night and the kind donation of the sleeping bags has enabled us to help them.
“It is obviously essential that no-one is left to sleep rough in the current weather conditions, so we are very grateful to these Burton businesses for their support.”