Rushden Night Shelter in furniture appeal

Staff at the Rushden Night Centre, are appealing for help to furnish the night shelter bedrooms with drawers and bedside cabinets. Pictured is team leader Rev Mark Lees and volunteer Margaret Young.
Staff at the Rushden Night Centre, are appealing for help to furnish the night shelter bedrooms with drawers and bedside cabinets. Pictured is team leader Rev Mark Lees and volunteer Margaret Young.
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A shelter that provides a safe place for people with nowhere to go is appealing for furniture donations.

Rushden Night Shelter, based at the town’s Full Gospel Church, is refurbishing its bedrooms.

Staff are asking local people to donate four bedside cabinets and four small chests of drawers.

The charity is happy to accept second-hand items as long as they are in good condition.

Worker Maria Borg said: “We have already managed to do the kitchen but we think our three bedrooms, which have four beds in total, need a spruce-up too.

“The furniture doesn’t have to match. We think that having nice surroundings makes the people who come here feel better about their situation.

“It also helps them to look after the furniture a bit better if it looks good.”

In the past year the shelter’s 20 volunteers and two paid members of staff have welcomed 64 people through their doors. Of those, 35 stayed for between four weeks and the maximum of three months.

And 31 of those people were rehomed. Staff said 12 went into supported housing and eight were reunited with family and friends.

“We get people from all walks of life here. They come from all over the place. Some are struggling with alcohol or drugs or are just financially down on their luck.

“At the moment lots of the people that stay here are struggling with debt. They may have built up a debt which makes it hard to find a landlord that will take them on so they come to us for a while.

“It can be hard for people to accept help but we are pleased that we have been able to help so many people this year.”

Anyone who wants to donate furniture to the shelter in High Street South, which is run by East Northamptonshire Community Services, should call Maria on 01933 353946.