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Centre facing cash crisis closes

Daylight Centre
The drop-in centre provides support for homeless and vulnerable people

A drop-in centre for the homeless in Northamptonshire is closing because cash donations have dried up in the recession and a grant has been ended.

Managers of the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough said it could not be kept open.

Seven staff are to lose their jobs and help for the homeless and people with drink problems ends on New Year's Eve.

Northamptonshire County Council said it recognised the centre's work, but could not afford to fund every organisation.

Patrick Vercoe, from the Daylight Centre, said: "There is nowhere else in Wellingborough that looks after people who are in crisis or have become homeless.

"The impact on the town will be seen to be immeasurable over time."

A county council spokesman described the work of the centre, which had been open for 15 years, as "important" but said its funding support had to end.

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