Northampton homeless community feels strength of human kindness as taxi firm pays for Christmas hotel stay

A town centre cab firm is contributing towards a heart warming gesture which is keeping people off the streets this Christmas
The Hope Centre's daytime hub is based at Oasis House, in Campbell StreetThe Hope Centre's daytime hub is based at Oasis House, in Campbell Street
The Hope Centre's daytime hub is based at Oasis House, in Campbell Street

Northampton’s homeless people have been given the heartening news that they can wake up in the comfort of a hotel this Christmas Day and Boxing Day - thanks to a nearby taxi firm.

Bounds Taxis have teamed up with the Northampton Hope Centre for the third year running to put a roof over the heads of the homeless community who would usually be sleeping on the streets.

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The Hope Centre moved into Oasis House in 2012 and supports 120 homeless people every day, providing them with hot meals, showers, clothes and delivers educational classes and training.

Hope Centre, CEO Robin Burgess, said: “We are delighted that Bounds have offered this generous gift to Northampton’s homeless once again.

"We will now be able to complement our Christmas Day service with overnight accommodation for those who are on the street.”

The charity are also providing over 70 meals for Christmas dinner for those who have no alternative accommodation this Christmas including rough sleepers, sofa surfers and those in temporary accommodation.

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For those visiting the Hope Centre support hub, there will be live music, a visit from Father Christmas along with a festive meal, served in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

David Wright, director of Bounds, added: "It has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone but we cannot forget the plight of the homeless.

"It has now become part of our yearly Christmas to recognise and to help the homeless of Northampton."