Hotel cancels homeless Christmas booking

A UK hotel "discriminated" against homeless people by cancelling a booking without reason, says an organizer.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
Hotel cancels homeless Christmas booking - NewsMavens
Homeless man. Pixabay

Why this story matters:

A local group in Hull in the north of England said a hotel was "discriminating" against homeless people after it cancelled a booking.

Raise the Roof Homeless Project's Carl Simpson, who organized accommodation for 28 homeless people over Christmas, said he paid £1,092 for 14 twin rooms at the Royal Hotel.

But the hotel, that was initially "fine" with the booking -- Simpson told them upfront that it was for homeless people -- cancelled the booking without giving a reason.

"It's got to be a case of discrimination," said Simpson.

Details from the story:

  • The Raise the Roof Homeless Project booked hotel accommodation for 28 homeless people in Hull for the Christmas period.
  • But the booking was cancelled and the hotel did not provide a reason.
  • Carl Simpson, who organized the stay, posted the news on Facebook. The post has been shared thousands of times, with many in dismay at what Simpson says is a "case of discrimination".
  • Simpson said he paid £1,092 for 14 twin rooms at the Royal Hotel in Hull, and the hotel was initially fine with the booking. 
  • "Our Xmas hotel campaign is now in serious doubt being so close to Xmas we need a miracle," said Simpson in the post. 
  • The charity has since received more than £6000 in donations.
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
SUPPORTED BY:

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
NewsMavens
NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
CORE TEAM
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy
System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1[System.Threading.Tasks.VoidTaskResult];