Café gives a helping hand to homeless

Kevin Graves of Bus Station Cafe, Boston, who has launched a Food for Homeless scheme. EMN-151130-135949001

Kevin Graves of Bus Station Cafe, Boston, who has launched a Food for Homeless scheme. EMN-151130-135949001

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A kind-hearted businessman has come up with a novel way to help the town’s homeless.

Kevin Graves, of the Bus Station Café in Pipe Office Lane, has teamed up with the local Salvation Army branch to provide food and a hot drink for those in need – with the help of his customers.

The idea is that customers come into the café and buy a voucher for food or a tea or coffee for someone who can’t afford it themselves.

Mr Graves said: “I’d seen a similar idea being done last year by cafés and I wanted to do something to help, so I contacted Sgt Mark Price at the Salvation Army in 
Boston.

“He was very excited by the idea. Rather than just giving out money, we know that by sending a credit note to the Salvation Army that they are being used to help those who need it and people who come into the centre.

“We just started this last week and we’ve already had around 20 people buying vouchers for others.”