ST THERESA'S: Homeless shelter's reprieve

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A CASH-STRAPPED homeless shelter has been given a last-minute reprieve from closure.

A CASH-STRAPPED homeless shelter has been given a last-minute reprieve from closure.St Theresa's Day Care Centre, in Manor House Street, Peterborough city centre, was set to shut its doors for the last time in the next few weeks.

Now bosses say they have secured enough funding to stay open until March next year – a six-month reprieve.

The cash has come from fund-raising efforts and contracts to treat ex-drug users, but funding is still needed to secure the long-term future of the centre.

The news has been met with delight in the city today. Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower, who has campaigned against the closure of St Theresa's, said: "This is fantastic news.

"I have visited the centre and met the staff and the people who use it and it does a great job in the perfect location.

"However, the centre should never have come this close to closing and the fight starts now to secure its long-term future."

As the only day care centre for homeless people in Peterborough, St Theresa's provides a vital service to hundreds of vulnerable people.

Big Issue vendors collect their magazines there, and homeless people go there for food, shelter, advice and company.