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Homeless people offered Spanish getaway

February 11th 2012


A new charity plans to offer homeless people from the UK a chance to spend time in Spain - especially while recovering from illness.

Based on a farm in a national park, the Simon in Spain charity hopes to host its first guests this summer. The family-run charity has no connection with the UK Simon Community charity, but founder David French spent time working with that organisation before moving away to found his own.

Five volunteers have joined French and his son and daughter-in-law to help to prepare the land and the houses where guests will stay. The charity hopes to encourage donors to sponsor a particular guest’s stay, or to contribute a particular item or animal for the community’s use.

French said: “The main idea came from when I was having cancer treatment and when my treatment finished I took a convalescent holiday, but others on the same course [of treatment] who were on low income sadly couldn’t.”

“I strongly believe that those who are homeless and on low income who go through life threatening diseases should have the same access as everybody else to this type of respite.”

More information about the charity is available at


February 2012



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Coventry City Council rubber-stamps cuts disguised as freezes

Birmingham winter shelter pilot

Homelessness on the rise in Nottingham

Christmas shelter welcomes homeless

Sleeping out for St Basil’s

Budget cuts threaten Scots homeless charity

‘Commonwealth grandmother’ still homeless

Pets need homes too, urges charity

Land of the free, homes for the brave

Government urged to make homelessness act a reality

New movie honours Scot who served homeless veterans

Behind a name

A Few Man Fridays

Hull in a handcart

Rough sleepers predicted to live longer - 47 is the new 42

Former US Marine arrested for homeless stabbing

Homeless people offered Spanish getaway

Funding boost for hostels

Bones in Bath wood

The target year - an end to rough sleeping in 2012

Hungary outlaws homelessness

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Nottingham hotline

Man dies on Ilford street

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