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Feeding programme on pause, Bellamy-Thompson to get COVID test


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Feeding programme on pause, Bellamy-Thompson to get COVID test
Philanthropist Sharon Bellamy-Thompson said she had been contacted by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit. Here, Bellamy-Thompson with some of the homeless people who benefit from her feeding programme, February 12, 2021. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

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Homeless people in The City were crying out this morning after they were informed that this would be the last day, for now, that Sharon Bellamy-Thompson would be allowed to conduct her feeding programme.

Bellamy-Thompson told Nation News that she had been contacted by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit and informed that she would have to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and go into quaratine.

“Well this morning at Jubilee Gardens would be my last, for I don’t know how long, because I got a call from the COVID team saying that I am supposed to come in and get a test and then to quarantine. So as I told the guys as I came here this morning that today would be my last, some of them were in tears and they wanted to know where they would eat and how they would get food.

“My concern is, it hurt me last night. I cried to know that these people who really depend on me 365 days a year would not be getting a meal,” Bellamy-Thompson said.

Nation News also spoke with some of the homeless people at Jubilee Gardens in The City who benefit from the food programme. They were about 50 present.

“Sharon has been doing this for a very long time, seven days a week, . . . whether it’s a bank holiday, rain fall or sun shine. I don’t think she is a threat for COVID or anything,” one irate man said.

One other man, who also did not give his name, said: “All I am saying is that I found myself homeless, down to the clothes on my back. I ain’t got a cent in my name. What is going to happen?

“Sharon is trying her best to help the homeless who are out here in every category. We don’t know what is the problem. We this morning here upset. Sharon is our only way of survival. . . . None of us have the COVID, we do the protocols, we all wear masks. . . . The homeless people are too.” (KG)

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