Rugby bikers give shelter to the homeless - The Rugby Observer

Rugby bikers give shelter to the homeless

Rugby Editorial 11th Jan, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

MOTORCYCLISTS from Rugby proved themselves angels by once again donating goods to the town’s homeless shelter.

The Rugby Independent Bikers (RIB) collected clothing, food and toiletries to the Hope4 Rugby Winter Shelter Appeal.

RIB member Barry Mace said: “We collected items and donated for the first time last year and had a look around the new centre in Newbold Road while it was undergoing refurbishment.

“It was good to go back with more items this year and to have a look at the centre in operation. We chatted to visitors and staff over a coffee and learned a great deal about how the centre is run.”

Sarah Malone, one of the Hope4 support workers said: “Without the help of local groups such as RIB we would find it hard to make ends meet. We didn’t realise how much they had collected for us until all the bags and boxes were stacked in our store room!”

The centre has been open for less than a year and has seen around 60 homeless or badly housed people seeking support each month. Guests are offered hot meals, showers, laundry facilities and a selection of second-hand clothes.

RIB has already raised more than £1,700 this year for a Children’s Continuing Care Centre in Bedford and the Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikers.

For more information, search Facebook for RIB (Rugby Independent Bikers) or attend their monthly meetings held on the first Sunday of every month at The Bell Pub in Hillmorton, starting at 7.30pm.


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