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Volunteers are working to make a success of an innovative way to give a safe bed to a dozen homeless people a night after kind-hearted people donated thousands of pounds to get it running. But more than five months after a double-decker bus refitted to house Portsmouth’s most vulnerable took up its place outside St Agatha’s Church in Landport, questions have been raised over its current state and how often it has been used.
Problems keeping it fully operational have led to frustration and ‘heartbreak’, with donors and the fundraising pair who came up with the idea on one side, and those running it standing opposite. There have been unforeseeable setbacks for the bus, run by the Robert Dolling Project, with thieves twice breaking in, a power supply failing, battles with insurers to get cover and most recently the front step has come loose and needs welding. Volunteers are currently clearing up inside and around the bus, as huge amounts of donations given to the project, aid for Syria stored there by its former caretaker and rubbish dumped by former occupants are still there.

Portsmouth Evening News

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