‘This is a call to arms for the city’

Cllr Steve Wemyss, Paul Huntley, Alistair Thompson, Father John Maunder and Sammy Barcroft Picture: Vernon Nash
Cllr Steve Wemyss, Paul Huntley, Alistair Thompson, Father John Maunder and Sammy Barcroft Picture: Vernon Nash

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COMMUNITY figures are asking for support for a city project tackling homelessness.

The Robert Dolling Project was launched at St Agatha’s Church in Portsmouth on Saturday, November 4.

Named after a revolutionary Portsmouth priest from the 1800s, the initiative will host a 12-bed homeless shelter on board a converted Stagecoach double-decker bus.

After its unveiling later this month, the vehicle will be stationed outside St Agatha’s Church.

Now, the project’s organisers are calling on the generosity of the city’s residents to ensure it is sustainable – through volunteering and donations.

Co-ordinator of the Robert Dolling Project, Alistair Thompson, said: ‘This is a call to arms for the whole of the city community. It’s really important we all pull together and support this scheme to support those on the street.’

The converted bus will be launched before the public at Fratton Park on Saturday, November 26 at 11am.

Anyone wishing to get involved or donate to the cause can attend.