Inspirational volunteer commended for selfless work with Northampton's homeless community

A woman who coached a rough sleeper from taking her own life in the town has been named one of Northamptonshire's most inspirational women.

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 1:42 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:58 am
An inspirational volunteer has been commended for her selfless work with the Northampton homeless community
An inspirational volunteer has been commended for her selfless work with the Northampton homeless community

Clair Chapman of Thorplands was nominated as a finalist in Northampton's 'Inspirational Woman Awards' for being a great a great supporter of the Hope Centre and to the homeless community in the town for over a year.

As well as this, for one hour every Sunday, Mrs Chapman takes to Abington Street to serve hot food alongside the Sikh community and has a chat with the homeless.

She said: "We need this awards ceremony every year as it highlights what people do in the area.

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"My advice would be to anyone male or female if you can give an hour a week if it's a cause you care about it could make a massive difference to people's lives.

"While I was volunteering one Sunday night I spoke to one girl, who said she would commit suicide."

Mrs Chapman alerted Oasis House who managed to help the rough-sleeper.

She added: "If people have only got an hour a week to spare, that one hour could be spent talking to a homeless person if you walk past them on the street."

Mrs Chapman also volunteered on Christmas Day and a bank holiday at the Hope Centre where she cooked food for those who are less fortunate.

If that wasn't selfless enough, she and has recently joined the volunteer team for the new night shelter at the former British Rail Sports and Social Club in St Andrew's Road.

The five women who were shortlisted for the award were nominated for the difference they each make in their community by providing support, developing initiatives or being a great role model to others.

Mrs Chapman used to host fundraising events while working for Barclaycard in Northampton and raised over £2000 for participating in the big sleep out, which Barclaycard contributed £1000 to.

On asking Mrs Chapman about her nomination, she said: “I personally don’t think I did anything. It’s something that I love doing.

“There are people like myself, who volunteer, and don’t think anything of it."