THE hospitality and nightclub trade in Glasgow is fundraising to help out a charity that provides food and support for people at risk of homelessness.

Homeless Project Scotland told how it had to put three vans off the road because they didn’t meet new Low Emission Zone standards.

It received a last-minute, time-limited exemption for one fridge van if it could show it was purchasing a replacement, but three other vehicles were taken out of service.

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Now the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and the Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG), have launched a joint fundraiser with a target of £30,000 to help purchase replacement vehicles for HPS.

Stephen Montgomery, director of SHG, said: “Again, hospitality shows that it is willing to step up to the mark to show charitable support.

“We are all going through tough times, but the work that the Homeless Project Scotland does day in and night out is beyond remarkable, and we could not allow the Glasgow LEZ scheme to put at jeopardy the needs of those so heavily dependent on this charity.

“To be able to provide them with a new vehicle to carry on their work, would be an amazing achievement.”

A spokesperson for NTIA added: “It’s times like this when communities need to come together and look after those that are less fortunate, we are all facing tough times but our strength comes from our collective voice and support.

“The homeless project plays an important role within the community, but the implementation of the LEZ scheme has left them with most of their support vehicles non-compliant.

“The work they do in Glasgow is vitally important, and without doubt saves lives. We need to ensure we do everything possible to support this project to protect the vulnerable within our community.”

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Colin McInnes, chair of Homeless Project Scotland, welcomed the support from the organisations.

He said: “ This will help us maintain and continue our vital services helping homeless and vulnerable people.

“The hospitality industry is helping us to maintain services while the council is hindering us.”

The fundraising web page can be found here at the go fund me page