Royal visit marks new hope for Rugby's homeless - The Rugby Observer

Royal visit marks new hope for Rugby's homeless

Rugby Editorial 12th Feb, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A NEW homeless shelter in Rugby town centre has been given the royal seal of approval.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester officially opened Hope4’s new Day Centre in the town on Wednesay February 10.

His Royal Highness, a first cousin to the Queen and a grandson to King George V, unveiled a plaque at the the Newbold Road day centre – which will welcome homeless and badly housed guests 365 days a year.

He was joined by the Lord Lieutenant for Warwickshire, Mr Tim Cox and the Chairman of Hope4, Rev’d Dr Michael Bochenski.

Rev’d Bochenski said: “We are very grateful for the generous support and encouragement His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, has given to our charity today.

“The homeless and badly housed guests we serve are among the most vulnerable people in our society. For Hope4 to be able to continue to offer them both practical and emotional support is vital.

“No-one in Rugby needs to face homelessness alone. The Hope Centre is living proof of this.”

Those visiting the new centre can receive advice as well as access to laundry facilities, showers, warmth, recreation and hot food.

The facility is the latest centre managed by Hope4, who also oversee the annual winter shelter, now in its fifth year of operating, and the Rugby Food Bank which recently served its 10,000th food parcel to the needy in the town.

Some 60 guests use the centre’s day facilities each month, and in partnership with church buildings across Rugby, Hope4 also provides overnight shelter for up to 15 people every night. The Hope4 centres help care for over 60 guests every night.

More than 300 volunteers donate their time, food and energy to Hope4’s activities over the course of a year – but new volunteers are always needed.

Visit for more information on volunteering or to find out how to sign up for their help facilities.


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