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L-R: Rachel Lee (Homeless Service Manager), Kay Willett (Winter Shelter Coordinator), Jan Patterson (Outreach Support Worker) and Simon Butler (Amey)

Amey is working with the Salvation Army on the Isle of Wight ahead of Christmas to ensure the homeless have warm beds as the cold weather sets in.

The company has provided new sleeping bags, inflatable beds and hand-warmers to the charity to provide to those who most need them over winter.

The equipment was delivered to the Salvation Army earlier this week.

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Simon Butler, Community Engagement Manager for Amey on the Isle of Wight, said:

“The cold weather has recently arrived and we wanted to do something in the community that would help those who need support at this time of year.

“We spoke to the Salvation Army who said they were in desperate need of sleeping bags and beds for people who are in difficult situations and we were only too happy to help.

“If the equipment helps keep people off the streets in safe, warm conditions then it’s worth every single penny.”

Rachel Lee, Service Manager for the Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit on the Isle of Wight, said:

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“I would like to thank Amey very much for this community-spirited and kind gesture which we will be putting to good use at winter night shelters at locations including The Salvation Army hall on Pyle Street in Newport; the Fellowship House Lifehouse in Ryde and at other support services for people experiencing homelessness on the Isle of Wight.

“The winter shelters provide a warm bed and a safe place to sleep for people who may otherwise be sleeping on the streets of the Isle of Wight during the cold and wet winter months. They’re also a lifeline where warm food; a non-judgmental listening ear and signposting to services that can offer support with people’s more immediate needs are available”.

The sleeping bags and inflatable beds were handed over at Fellowship House in Ryde, which provides users with access to activities, support for building life skills and self-esteem and help with overcoming addictions.

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