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Christmas shelter to help homeless people in Cheltenham

Homeless and vulnerable people in Cheltenham are being offered hot food and a bed for the night to help them over the Christmas period.

The shelter, set up by the Open Door project, opened in St Luke's Church Hall on Christmas Eve and closes after lunch on 27 December.

The 24-hour service provides clothing, showers, hairdressing and chiropody.

The shelter is manned by volunteers and is free. There are also a number of limited overnight beds available.

Sarah Reeder, from the project, said: "People have donated a lot of presents and time.

"I think it will be an absolutely brilliant time for anybody who wants to come down - be it volunteer or anyone in need.

"We do have a hard core of clients who we see throughout the year and at Christmas time.

"But we also have new faces who turn up at Christmas - from all over the country."

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