LONG hours of overtime in the last fortnight by a band of voluntary workers led by Fr. Tony Smith of St. Mary's. Highfield Street, Liverpool, ensured that Marmaduke House opened yesterday. Up to 30 homeless and dropouts will therefore be certain of a home and refuge for Christmas.
It was exactly a year ago that the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt for the Twelve Days of Christmas was extended by a fortnight at the hall of St. Mary's, the legal limit for a temporary shelter. The appeal at St. Mary's on the Feast of the Epiphany for 'help brought in eventually £1,000 and the offer of a house in Marmaduke Street. The house could not be used, however, because of development plans but Father Smith obtained the lease of a
semi-derelict shop a n d warehouse near Canning Street. Extensive repairs and reconstruction work largely by volunteers, followed, and now the permanent home is open. Last Sunday at an Advent Service in St. Mary's the congregation 'brought in gifts of food and material which covered the altar steps. More will be brought in for the Christmas Eve pre-Midnight Mass service. One unknown donor called at the house last week and gave £20 from the money he had saved for Christmas and which was over and above his needs.