Christmas shoppers can buy a bed for the homeless

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Bethany’s care shelter has been providing sleeping facilities to men and women who are homeless in Edinburgh since 1996

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21st October 2019 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Festive shoppers are being offered the chance to buy a bed for the homeless at Christmas.

Bethany Christian Trust is asking people to buy a voucher entitling someone to a place at its Edinburgh care shelter.

The gift vouchers, which cost £21 each, are now available to purchase online until 17 January and will provide a person, who is sleeping rough on the streets, overnight shelter, access to a hot meal and breakfast the following morning, safety from the elements and professional support.

Bethany’s care shelter has been providing sleeping facilities to men and women who are homeless in Edinburgh since 1996.

Started as a two week pilot over Christmas, the shelter has grown to span 32 weeks in response to need and is now a lifeline for hundreds of homeless people who would otherwise be forced to sleep outside during the cold winter months.

The service is run by a small team of staff and relies on around 1,000 volunteers from churches across the Lothians.

They provide church venues for people on the streets to sleep in on a nightly rota basis as well as preparing and serving a hot meal.

The shelter is funded by the voluntary donations of trusts and foundations, individuals, local churches, companies and communities, as well as receiving support from Bethany’s Caring Christmas Trees project.

Alasdair Bennett, chief executive at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “In the season of giving, think about giving a gift that will truly make a difference. Giving someone the opportunity to escape the cold and receive a hot meal can make all the difference.

“Your donation would provide our team with the means to help those most in need find a warm and loving place to spend Christmas this year. When thinking of how you can make a difference this year, please think of Bethany.”