VOLUNTEERS at a city centre soup kitchen are having to provide medical aid to service user's feet for blisters and sores after walking "miles-on-end" to reach the facility. 

Users of the provision, based underneath the Heilanman's Umbrella, are often walking as far from King's Park and Shawlands three times per week to receive emergency food

Homeless Project Scotland - who run the service - have launched a  desperate appeal for "lifeline" bicycles for the homeless and vulnerable.

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Chairman Colin McInnes, said: “At the moment, people are either walking into the city centre often for hours-on-end every week to get to our facility because they can’t afford the transport. Often, this is being done in the pouring rain or cold temperatures.

“In some occasions, our medic volunteers have had to give aid for blisters and for foot injuries due to the lengths that our users are having to walk.

“With donated bicycles, we would be able to provide the homeless and destitute with a mode of transport. Already, we have had quite a lot of requests for the bikes."

So far, 10 service users have lodged requests for bicycles. However, it is anticipated that this number will grow. 

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Colin added: “It would really help them get to appointments and to reach emergency supervisions like ourselves who can provide them with hot food and essential supplies.

“Socially, it would allow them to engage with their friends or family again who are across the city who they might not have seen for months-on-end due to transport costs."

To donate, email office@homelessprojectscotland.org to arrange a drop-off or pick-up service.