Page 2, 22nd December 1972

22nd December 1972
Page 2
Page 2, 22nd December 1972 — Volunteers' overtime ensures refuge for Christmas homeless

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.


Organisations: Advent Service
People: Tony Smith, Fr
Locations: Liverpool


Related articles

The Third World On Our Doorstep

Page 3 from 17th November 1972

Latter Day Becket On The Streets Of Brighton

Page 5 from 14th December 1990

Ri Whitefriars

Page 5 from 5th February 1965

Charity Replies To 'publicity' Charge

Page 3 from 22nd December 1978

Church In Focus

Page 3 from 7th January 1994

Volunteers' overtime ensures refuge for Christmas homeless

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.

blog comments powered by Disqus