Wow, I think we all surpassed ourselves in so many ways tonight. 40 people came through the door and apparently 31 by 6.15pm, it must have been the smell of the cooking. On the menu, this evening was Carrot and Lentil Soup, Pork Ribs with a sticky marinade, Boston beans, Sausages and Apple Crumble and Custard.
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Many of our clients have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. This is a virus that infects the liver. If it is left undiagnosed and untreated it has the potential to cause life-threatening damage over many years.
However, with modern treatments, it is possible to cure the infection and most people with treatment can expect a normal life expectancy. It’s estimated approximately 220,000 people in the UK have Hepatitis C.
We had a wonderful evening, this evening. Jan, Meryl and Mai-Britt have been working hard, tirelessly to get everything together and in place for the big event. We had decided to cater for 60 people as the numbers have been increasing of late. We had also heard rumours that people were coming that had not been for a while.
Aspergillosis is the umbrella name for the conditions caused by the common mould aspergillosis fumigatus. Sleeping on duvets and pillows that get cold and damp and do not have the opportunity to dry out through the winter months, can be a breeding ground for these spores.
We took a pop up tent and accessories that a rough sleeper would use. We encouraged the children to ask questions and they asked some great ones. For instance “What do people do all the time if they are bored?” and “Do rough sleepers sleep well in a tent, do they have trouble sleeping?”
This weekend a team of Soup Kitchen volunteers went out onto Northbrook Street to collect money for the Soup Kitchen. Spending three hours standing in one place we got very cold and wet.
We appreciate that people are making special efforts to visit us on Thursdays, but the influx of unannounced public visits is causing complications during the operational hours of the Soup Kitchen.
Head torches that can be recharged by winding can be beneficial to rough sleepers when batteries or electricity cannot be found during these shorter daylight hours.