Cleaning Up

Cleaning up: mobile laundry for the homeless goes international. Two men with a van installed a washer dryer and shower service to the homeless. Good deed for the day! What a lovely thing to do for them. Cleaning Up in Bath should have one.

A mobile laundry and shower service for the homeless has begun international expansion after being inundated with requests from struggling cities around the globe.

Four years ago two young Australian men saw a gap in the market and fitted out a van with a washer and dryer, driving it to parks, churches and drop-in centres in a bid to bring hygiene services to the homeless community on their own turf.

Lucas Patchett, co-founder of Orange Sky, said washing was initially viewed as a low priority for the community, and there was widespread scepticism about the plan.