‘Angels’ aim to help drinkers in a flap at busy nightspot

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Street Angels will take flight from a church in Hull to make a city nightspot a safer place.

Hull Street Angels Trinity are due to launch a scheme in April aimed at helping people the worse for wear after a night out.

The angels, who will be based at Holy Trinity Church, will patrol the Old Town in pairs in high-visibility jackets until the early hours.

It follows on from a scheme which has operated in Princes Avenue for the last two years.

The volunteers will be out and about on Friday and Saturday nights handing out bottles of water, making links with door staff and ensuring people get home safely when all the bars and clubs in the area are closed. They will even offer flip-flops to women who have ditched high-heels.

Tom Grealy, from Hull CVS, said: “This will be focussing on a very busy city centre where most pubs don’t close until 4am or 5am in the morning. “The main focus is on making sure people are not getting into problems when they come out of bars and clubs.”

The Old Town project is now recruiting a coordinator. Adrian Horsley, former High Sheriff of the East Riding and chairman of Hull Street Angels Trinity, said “This is a very exciting project, good for Hull and good for the people of Hull. Ideally we are looking for someone who is dynamic, creative and self-managing with experience in coordinating projects and has the ability and experience of working as part of a team and working with volunteers.”

The group is looking to recruit volunteers at the end of next month. The scheme started in Halifax, winning praise from leading figures, including the Archbishop of York.