Quaker Christmas Shelter

Tara Craig visited the Quaker Christmas Shelter on its final night

The overriding sensation on first arriving at the Quaker Christmas Shelter is one of bustle, of things getting done. It is evening and in the basement of Islington’s Union Chapel the focus is on getting the sleeping area ready. Volunteers and ‘guests’ carry fold-down cots into a large, bare, room, arranging them in rows. One corner is screened off for women, who make up a tiny minority of those due to stay the night.

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