Auction to raise funds for homeless bus

Homeless bus, Brighton: Jim with members of the group
Homeless bus, Brighton: Jim with members of the group

A charity which runs a night shelter on wheels in Brighton and Hove is hosting an online auction to raise funds for its work.

Sussex Homeless Support (SHS) recently renovated an old double decker bus into a mobile night shelter, with ten bunks, seating and a bathroom area.

A team of up to 40 people worked on converting the bus before it opened in January.

Trained volunteers operate the bus, and hot food is provided by volunteers and the community.

Prizes being auctioned off include afternoon tea, yoga classes, books, photographs, Euro Disney day passes, tickets to the Royal Ballet and The Treason Show, and a chance to become a TV presenter for a day.

More than £1,800 has already been raised in the first week, and the auction runs until Monday, April 9.

All proceeds from this auction will go to support the work of SHS and the mobile night shelter, the charity said.

As well as collecting food and items of clothing and distributing them out daily to people on the streets, SHS provides cooking for the Anti-Freeze Homeless Project on Mondays and hosts the Street Kitchen at the Clock Tower on Sundays. The charity also provides supplies to people who have been recently re-housed.

To view the online auction, click here.