Winter will be here soon and many countries have already seen the first snow. For the most unfortunate ones, this means having no place to go when they are feeling cold and hungry and cases of homeless people often starving and freeze under harsh winter conditions are not uncommon in many parts of the world.
Luckily for them, there are many people who are selflessly offering their help. Two British women did just that in order to provide a shelter for the less fortunate, taking hold of the sweeping new ‘bus shelter’ trend. They were stubborn enough to carry out the project that eventually brought together numerous people who shared a common noble goal to help the homeless.
Sammy Barcroft and Joanne Vines from Portsmouth on the southern English coast, who are also leaders of charity group The Rucksack Project, decided to do something extraordinary.
They joined the wave of organizations turning disused vehicles into mobile homeless shelters.
Although you may be hearing about this for the first time, it’s actually a growing trend.
These women managed to pick up a double-decker Stagecoach bus slated for scrap.
Next, they put out an urgent call for help with its renovation into a sanctuary on wheels.
Sammy Barcroft and Joanne Vines lead The Rucksack Project, a community movement helping the homeless
The redevelopment of the double-decker lasted for eight months, cost around $8000, with 70 to 80 workers involved in the process.
Eight months later, the bus was fitted with 12 bunk beds, a lounge, and a fully-functional kitchenette.
The renovators donated their time to finish the job, which in total amounted to more than $33k in working hours.
“I’m delighted it’s finished and it’s staying in Portsmouth, but I’m also happy to have a rest,” Vines told Metro UK at the end of the mammoth undertaking.
The incredible new shelter is going to be proudly parked in front of St. Agatha’s Church in Portsmouth, an Italianate basilica built in 1894
It is estimated this project will help an estimated number of 300,000 homeless people currently living in Britain.
Isn’t simply amazing what human generosity can do?
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