Appeal for unwanted toiletries and other presents to help the homeless in Scarborough this winter

The specialist nurse for the homeless in Scarborough, Bev Moorhouse, has asked for people to consider donating their unwanted Christmas presents to those in need.

By Louise Perrin
Friday, 8th January 2021, 5:19 pm
Bev Moorhouse, specialist nurse for the homeless.
Bev Moorhouse, specialist nurse for the homeless.

Ms Moorhouse said: “I usually put out an appeal just after Christmas for things like shower gel, bubble bath, lotions and unwanted socks.

“So, if you have received any toiletries or socks/hats/gloves for Christmas that you don’t want I’d be grateful to have them for my homeless patients.

“The number of homeless people in Scarborough changes on a weekly basis, but there are currently around 100 people in temporary accommodation and 30 rough sleepers.

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“I also need a couple of sleeping bags to keep in clinic if anybody’s having a clear out of camping equipment (I can’t store more due to limited space).

“In addition, I make up packs for people in temporary accommodation, they include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, body wash, bubble bath, hand cream, moisturising cream and of course, at the moment, hand sanitiser.

“If I have surplus it goes up to the Rainbow Centre, nothing gets thrown away.

“All donations can be dropped off at Castle Health Centre on York Place or if you live locally and you need the items collecting, ring the health centre on 0330 123 9278 and leave a message.”

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