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Lincoln's homeless in desperate need of help says Reverend Jeremy Cullimore

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

Lincoln's homeless help in desperate need of boost says reverend

Reverend Jeremy Cullimore

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A reverend has made a desperate plea for help after seeing "more cases of trench foot in one year" in Lincoln's homeless than in the 27 years he served as a soldier.

Reverend Jeremy Cullimore believes rising heating costs coupled with a lack of donations could see St Mary le Wigford church struggle to help the homeless.

He hopes the public can step in with donations as winter weather increases pressure on the service and puts the health of rough sleepers at risk.

"If someone donated 1,000 pairs of socks to us, it would not last more than a few days," Mr Cullimore said.

"A pair is worn out quickly, that's how rough they live."

He believes the BeAttitude project, which supports Lincoln's homeless, could be forced to cut back on the number of people it helps if rising costs continue.

"The church has no income except from our café and a few grants, so we depend on donations," he explained.

"We give out 30 to 40 morning meals and 40 to 50 evening meals a day. For some of our clients we are the only network they have.

"In addition to food and clothing we offer training and volunteering opportunities to help people back to work.

"Unfortunately it all costs a lot of money to run."

The project helps around 170 homeless and vulnerable people each week with food, drinks and friendly support.

Last month the vicar revealed how desperate modern day slaves have previously sought sanctuary in his Lincoln church.

He told the Echo that since January, six people had escaped slavery and some had found refuge with the church, after being held as slaves.

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  • Heartspoon  |  December 18 2013, 8:01PM

    We are please to announce a donation to the charity BeAttitude - enough to enable them to open their doors on Christmas Day, but more is needed to bring a little more comfort to the homeless over this Festive Period. Further details here - http://tinyurl.com/opcs8a9 Please 'dig deep' of you are able...

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  • Jodie92x  |  December 14 2013, 7:27PM

    People go on saying all homeless are drunks, not all homeless people have drink problems but I can understand why they drink, they have nothing, they are cold, hungry, down ... A majority of people enjoy a drink after a hard or stressful day, I am not saying it's acceptable but they feel asthough they have nothing left .. So are people really surprised that homeless people drink ?? I think it is out of order our government are letting people into this country and supplying them with money, cars and places to live but they won't do it for their own, the system is ridiculous, something needs to be done as people are so lucky that there are places like this church that do all they can to try and help people. It's just a shame that there is not enough help out there to truly help homeless people back into their feet and to give them the chance of life again. Y heart goes out to all the homeless people out on the streets in this awful weather.

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  • Menshy  |  December 13 2013, 10:02PM

    I admire Reverend Cullimore's compassion and charity in helping people in need but why does he assume that soldiers should more suffer trench foot than homeless people?

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  • InsideStory  |  December 13 2013, 6:29PM

    No disrespect Phil1W but a lot of homeless people do have drink problems and other problems too that was most probably brought on by another human beings ,i do admit these people need specialist help and from what i see they are not getting .I wouldn't wish having to sleep rough on anyone even if they where drunks .

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  • Phil1W  |  December 13 2013, 1:28PM

    If these people are so hard up how come some of them can still afford to hang around the church drunk?

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