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Homeless in Winter
Cornwall Council says it will help out if more than three nights of sub zero temperatures are forecast
Cornwall Council says it will help out if more than three nights of sub zero temperatures are forecast

As the temperatures fall, an appeal is launched to help Cornwall's rough sleepers this Winter.

New Connection in Camborne is calling for blankets, scarves, hats and warm gloves to help homeless people survive the predicted freezing weather heading our way.

Cornwall Council says it will help out if more than three nights of sub zero temperatures are forecast.

This includes taxis to get people to shelter, emergency bed and breakfast placements.

A homeless person in November 2010
An appeal has been launched calling for blankets and warm clothing for Cornwall's rough sleepers

The council could also arrange emergency shelter in places like day centres or hostels.

Judy Selby Boothroyd says New Connection is also preparing extra shelter.

She says all the agencies which help rough sleepers are always stretched financially when the cold weather strikes.

"Last year in the snow, we missed out on some people because they couldn't get here.

"They were up in Bude and places like that and they couldn't get to any of the resources.

"We couldn't get out to get them because we couldn't get our own cars out."

Riley is a rough sleeper who spent three weeks in hospital with pneumonia after living in a freezing garage during the snows earlier this year.

He says: "There are people on the streets that I know of, who are more vulnerable than myself.

"Cold weather, if it gets too bad can be a killer, or as I found out, it can give you some serious problems at the very least."

Keep visiting the BBC Cornwall website, and listening to BBC Radio Cornwall for weather updates in the coming days...




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