Hilton steps in to save Christmas for Hull’s homeless after hotel cancellation row
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A community project whose booking for 28 homeless people was cancelled by a Hull hotel has said “who says miracles don’t happen?” after another city hotel stepped in to help. The Royal Hotel in Hull has been widely criticised since the Raise The Roof Homeless Project revealed how the city centre establishment had cancelled its booking for 14 twin rooms for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, despite more than £1,000 being paid. Now the project has said the DoubleTree by Hilton has stepped in to offer the rooms and a Christmas dinner free of charge. Raise The Roof Homeless Project founder Carl Simpson said on Facebook: “We can confirm that the DoubleTree Hilton has offered to put up 28 people for two nights with breakfast and Xmas dinner provided and they are doing this complimentary. “Thank you so much. We will be accepting this kind offer.” Mr. Simpson said a number of other businesses had offered services and help, including another hotel offering a Christmas dinner. He said: “Who says miracles don’t happen?” Former boxer and footballer Curtis Woodhouse, who owns a gym near Hull, had also offered to open his doors to those in need over the festive period. Cafe owner Mr. Simpson also criticised the Royal Hotel’s owners, Britannia Hotels, after a spokesman explained that they cancelled the booking due to reports of bad behaviour at another hotel last Christmas. He said these suggestions were completely untrue and described how guests sent by the project to the Ibis hotel left presents for staff and even asked for a vacuum cleaner to clean up.
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