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Local charity responds to beds appeal

SWANSEA Council's appeal for replacement beds and bedding to create an emergency rest centre in the event of a non-coronavirus emergency has been answered.

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The call for help went out last week and now the team who manage Swansea Night Shelter have stepped in with an offer of 20 camp beds and mattresses.

The items are being delivered to the council now and will be held in storage just in case they are needed. They are replacements for rest centre beds which have been loaned to the NHS for field hospitals during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The appeal was part of an effort to ensure the council could deliver a suitable temporary rest centre that could swing into action if there's a non-Coronavirus major incident in the city such as a major fire or evacuation of residents.

Clive Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Resilience and Strategic Collaboration, said: "We want to thank Housing Justice Cymru - the team who run the Swansea Night Shelter - for stepping in. We are here for Swansea and we're grateful to Housing Justice for once again demonstrating they are too.

"They don't need the beds this time of year so rather than put them into storage they offered them as temporary replacements for rest centre beds we've rightly re-directed to field hospitals for use during the pandemic."


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