Leicester bar opens its doors to the homeless

By Beth Surridge

Leicester’s Natterjacks bar has started opening its doors every Monday to give the homeless food, drink and shelter.

After the freezing weather brought over by the “Beast from the East”, the bar decided it would be a good idea to open its doors from 8am to 2pm on Mondays to give something back to the community.


Employee Claudia Sharp said: “There was a homeless man who sat outside every day, we bought him cake and a hot drink and soon after we collectively decided it would be a good idea to do this every Monday to help more people.”

The bar is also partnering with Tesco in Braunstone Gate which is donating unsold bread, fruit and veg that would otherwise be thrown away.

Claudia added: “We are not doing this for publicity, we just want to help the homeless in the wet, rain and cold.”

Picture1The plan was only launched yesterday (Monday March 5) when two homeless people popped in.

Claudia added: “Helping two people is better than not helping at all.”

The employees are all pleased with the amount of community spirit that has been shown, with many donations such as clothes and bedding being handed in to the bar to be given out every Monday.

Natterjacks’ main aim now is to get the word spread around the homeless community, and staff plan on doing this by telling the homeless as they walk past them in the street and also handing out posters and leaflets in order to help as many people as they can.

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