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Last Updated: Friday, 23 December 2005, 14:57 GMT
Christmas homeless shelter opens
A day and night shelter for homeless people has opened in Kent and will remain in operation until 3 January.

The Thanet Open Christmas shelter, run by the Scrine Foundation, was opened by North Thanet MP Roger Gale.

The centre, next to St Paul's Church in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, is set to offer breakfast, lunch and an evening meal as well as bathroom facilities.

Spokesman Terry Cavanagh has appealed for gifts of food, bedding, clothing, toiletries and presents for clients.

He said the charity would also welcome donations of a Christmas tree and decorations, board games, a television, DVDs and cash donations to help provide a festive holiday for some of Thanet's most disadvantaged people.

Mr Gale said: "Past years' experiences have shown that there is a real need for this service, particularly in mid-winter."


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