Residents have commended a woman for her selfless acts of kindness for the homeless people of St Albans.
Lynn Dutton and group of friends set up St Albans Action for Homeless two years ago to bring the community together to help the area’s most disadvantaged residents.
The group do soup runs over the weekend when other charities are closed and provide 16 free meals ranging from pot noodles to takeaways.
Lynn said: “We also help them get doctors appointments, methadone scripts which is a heroin substitute to treat addicts, hand out clean clothes and underwear, as well as pointing them in the right direction.”
However, a story that sticks out in Lynn’s mind is when she met Wayne, who was living on the streets when she found him.
She said: “I was told a man was living in the doorway to Vision Express and when I went to meet him, he looked up at me and there was an instant connection.
“So, I took him in, and he stayed with me and my family. He has now been drug free for over a year and he has started college, had his own living space and is doing really well for himself.
“We’re still friends and we speak regularly.”
Action for Homeless hold regular events that help to raise money, with their recent fundraising going towards their winter project.
Lynn said: “In winter, when the weather conditions are severe, we try and put those who are still out in the snow into bed and breakfasts.
“Last year was completely heart-breaking, it was freezing, and these people only had cheap sleeping bags.
“Together we can all make a difference and improve the lives of our street homeless.”
To find out more about what Action for Homeless do, visit actionforhomeless.co.uk
Photographed: Lynn, left, and Clair, right, started up Action for Homeless two years ago