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Cup final salvation

Homeless, lonely and vulnerable people in Edinburgh are getting the chance to join in the Scottish Cup Final celebrations.

The Salvation Army is opening up its doors to serve pre-match soup and a sandwich to people who would normally be left out in the cold. The match between Hibs and Hearts will be broadcast on a big screen at The Salvation Army’s Regener8+ project on 25 Niddry Street, Edinburgh. Pies are being offered at half time.

The Salvation Army’s Regener8+ project normally offers the city’s homeless a hot breakfast and lunch every Monday to Friday with around 15-30 people attending each sitting.

Alison Douglas, Senior Project Worker at The Salvation Army’s Regener8+ said: “The Salvation Army hopes that, as a culture, we will start viewing people who are ‘homeless’ as people who have a contribution to play in our society.

“There’s going to be a great atmosphere in the city for the match and we wanted to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy the Cup Final – in a safe and calm environment.

“Our doors will be open from 2pm and we’ll do our best to make sure that everyone who attends can watch the football with free food and good company.”