A town centre homeless shelter which has been battling to keep its doors open has received a major funding boost.
Room at the Inn and the Y Project, on Winmarleigh Street, has secured £5,000 from the Gannett Foundation to develop a disabled toilet and shower.
In December, council leader Cllr Russ Bowden delivered a much-needed boost to shelter manager Susan Blyth after announcing that a vital £3,000-a-month grant, which the authority provides to the site, will remain in place until May 2020.
Room at the Inn is currently working in partnership with the council to improve standards and services at the site.
Furthermore, a fundraiser at the Cinnamon Lounge attended by 120 guests – including Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid and Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane – raised £1,500 for the shelter on Thursday.
The town centre restaurant, on Sankey Street, dished out free meals at the event.
Mr Rashid said: “Since the Conservative Government came into power in 2010, we have seen a massive increase in homelessness and food banks are at their full capacity.
“This is an alarming situation and I commend all the volunteers and charities like Room at the Inn for doing a great job in our communities and making a difference.
“I will do whatever I can to help these worthy causes and make our country a better place to live for everyone.”
Mr Keane hailed residents for their generosity.
He said: “It was a fantastic night at the Cinnamon Lounge in support of Room at the Inn, with great food, drink, service and entertainment.
“More importantly, we raised an impressive amount of money that will both support and keep a roof over the heads of some of the most vulnerable people in our town.”
Mo Hussain, secretary of Warrington Ethnic Communities Association, helped to organise the event.
He praised the talented Oliver Johnson for entertaining guests with magic tricks, as well as Karen Blenkinsop and Naz Miah for their efforts.
Room at the Inn will be holding its annual homeless Sunday service at Holy Trinity Church this Sunday at 6.30pm.