When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the government launched its ‘Everyone In’ programme, aiming to house the homeless through lockdown. What this meant for the Prince Rupert, a four-star hotel in Shrewsbury, was that they were asked to host 33 rough sleepers through months of lockdown. It was a move that transformed the lives of everyone involved.
The heartbreaking and heartwarming story of the Prince Rupert is captured in a new book by Sunday Times journalist, Christina Lamb. You can see her in a discussion about homelessness with fellow author, Daniel Lavelle, whose own book, Down and Out, draws on his own experiences of homelessness.