Emma Hardy, the MP for Hull West and Hessle, has reacted to Hull’s Royal Hotel decision to cancel rooms that had been booked as a Christmas treat for homeless people.
The homelessness charity ‘Raise the Roof’ do incredible work feeding the homeless throughout the year in Hull. On 13th December, they booked fourteen twin-rooms for homeless people to stay at the Royal Hotel in Hull from 24th to 26th December, crowd funded by the generosity of Hull’s people. The hotel was fully aware that the rooms would be used by homeless people at the time of booking. Carl Simpson from Raise the Roof believes that it is now too late to find alternative accommodation for the guests.
Commenting, Emma said ‘I am sure that everyone who has heard this story can imagine what a welcome and luxurious treat this would have been for the twenty-eight homeless people. I am extremely disappointed that these rooms were cancelled at such late notice and that no reason was given. Instead of such a lovely Christmas treat in a hotel, these people will find themselves sleeping on the streets. Christmas is meant to be the season of goodwill and I would urge the hotel to reverse its decision and honour the original booking.”
A copy of Emma’s full letter can be seen below.