These two women transformed a double-decker bus into a homeless shelter
Two remarkable women – Sammy Barcroft and Joanne Vines – have managed to create an unusual but excellent accommodation for the homeless in Portsmouth, Britain, ahead of the upcoming harsh winter months. It is a Stagecoach double-decker bus transformed into a comfortable home complete with a kitchen, toilet and shower and 12 bunks.
After eight months of hard work, volunteering and community effort, the bus was finally unveiled on November 26, 2017. Joanne said: “I am totally elated. I gave myself 10 months to complete the bus and we have finished it in eight. Everyone has been amazing and I can’t thank them all enough. So many businesses, groups and individuals stepped forward to help deliver this.”
Groups like the Gosport Men’s Shed helped fix the interior of the bus, fitting cupboards and doing general DIY jobs. Highbury College students built and fitted the 12 bunk beds on the upper-deck while Vivid Housing donated and fitted the kitchen. The bus, which otherwise would have been scrapped, was donated by Stagecoach.