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Warm and clean

28 February 2014

ST CLEMENT's, Higher Openshaw, in Manchester diocese, together with the Boaz Trust and partner churches, runs a night shelter for destitute asylum-seekers and refugees. Every night, a volunteer team collects, feeds, and accommodates a growing group of men who would otherwise sleep on the streets and resort to scavenging for food.

But the washroom facilities in the church were very basic: just a spacious lavatory anda small hand-basin. A chance conversation between a member of the congregation and his plumber highlighted a type of shower that could be quickly and easily installed, and was made by Saniflo, a commercial company witha heart. It raises funds for a chosen charity each year.

It advised that the Kinedo cubicle wouldbe ideal, and generously donated one, freeof charge. A small grant from the Lord Lieutenant's office, as well as discounted supplies from B&Q, helped to complete the installation. Cold and hungry men can now have a hot shower before settling down in a warm bed for the night.

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