Homeless shelter to be named after former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba

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MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba will have a refurbished town centre homelessness building named after him.

The Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) has opted to rename Gilead House in Duke Street after the former Wanderers midfielder.

Gilead House has been transformed into a 36-bedroom homelessness service, with part of the old building demolished to make way for new facilities.

A planning application has just been approved by Bolton Council for the erection of a new sign on the side of the building.

An illuminated steel sign, with a ‘halo’ effect, will now be added.

The Wanderers midfielder’s name was chosen from 50 options after a vote involving staff, stakeholders and residents.

Fabrice said: “It was an honour to be asked to lend my name to the building and I hope it in some way helps raise further awareness of the great work the Salvation Army Housing Association carries out.”

Peter Latham, SAHA’s head of business support and innovation, added: “The new building is nearly finished and we’re pleased to have got planning permission for this latest stage. After the final stages are completed, we will have an official launch.”

Fabrice left Wanderers, and retired from football altogether, shortly after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham in March, 2012.

Since the incident, during which Fabrice’s heart stopped for 78 minutes, he has pursued a career in broadcasting and is currently studying for a journalism degree at Staffordshire University while working part-time for Bolton FM.

A SAHA spokesman said: “We are pleased to be nearing completion of our new 36-bedroom homelessness service in Bolton, which will replace the outdated facilities at our current Gilead House building.

“The new building offers homely accommodation with onsite facilities to support local people experiencing homelessness to build a positive future.

"Muamba House was chosen by a panel of staff, stakeholders and residents as a positive local example of overcoming adversity and we deeply appreciate Fabrice’s support.”

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9:27am Wed 19 Mar 14

MESmith says...

Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.
Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor. MESmith
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9:53am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

how many homeless are actually recent immigrants?

We cannot afford it
how many homeless are actually recent immigrants? We cannot afford it Jim271
  • Score: 0

10:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

berushka says...

MESmith wrote:
Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.
quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why?
[quote][p][bold]MESmith[/bold] wrote: Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.[/p][/quote]quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why? berushka
  • Score: 5

12:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Hough64 says...

berushka wrote:
MESmith wrote: Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.
quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why?
Oh look who's crawled out from under his stone. Have you been released for the day?
[quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MESmith[/bold] wrote: Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.[/p][/quote]quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why?[/p][/quote]Oh look who's crawled out from under his stone. Have you been released for the day? Hough64
  • Score: -6

1:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Hough64 wrote:
berushka wrote:
MESmith wrote: Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.
quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why?
Oh look who's crawled out from under his stone. Have you been released for the day?
Yep, I thought we'd seen the last of this Bolton hating mouthpiece too.
Maybe he's over for free NHS treatment.
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MESmith[/bold] wrote: Why?? A retired millionaire footballer has got nothing to do with the disenfranchised, dispossessed and homeless. He and his pampered ilk are the antithesis of the poor.[/p][/quote]quite agree. He is nothing to Bolton and there are far more deserving names, such as Brian Tetlow for example. Who chooses these names, and why?[/p][/quote]Oh look who's crawled out from under his stone. Have you been released for the day?[/p][/quote]Yep, I thought we'd seen the last of this Bolton hating mouthpiece too. Maybe he's over for free NHS treatment. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -2

1:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

allan111111 says...

Recently stayed in this hostel....they charge the homeless 232 pound a week rent
Recently stayed in this hostel....they charge the homeless 232 pound a week rent allan111111
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bigbob123 says...

why cant we name it after Dave Whelan? such a brave man, he once broke his leg in a cup final you know?
why cant we name it after Dave Whelan? such a brave man, he once broke his leg in a cup final you know? bigbob123
  • Score: -3

1:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bigbob123 says...

allan111111 wrote:
Recently stayed in this hostel....they charge the homeless 232 pound a week rent
this wouldn't happen if it was named after Dave Whelan
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Recently stayed in this hostel....they charge the homeless 232 pound a week rent[/p][/quote]this wouldn't happen if it was named after Dave Whelan bigbob123
  • Score: -1

2:55pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

Homeless Hostels are a scam,

They charge upto £1000 a month rent and the taxpayer foots the bill.
Homeless Hostels are a scam, They charge upto £1000 a month rent and the taxpayer foots the bill. Jim271
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

allan111111 says...

Yes a thousand pound a month for 1 room...with no facilities....i was advised not to go to work whilst staying there because my wage wouldnt cover the rent..
Yes a thousand pound a month for 1 room...with no facilities....i was advised not to go to work whilst staying there because my wage wouldnt cover the rent.. allan111111
  • Score: 2

5:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bigbob123 says...

allan111111 wrote:
Yes a thousand pound a month for 1 room...with no facilities....i was advised not to go to work whilst staying there because my wage wouldnt cover the rent..
wouldn't happen if Dave Whelan was in charge.
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Yes a thousand pound a month for 1 room...with no facilities....i was advised not to go to work whilst staying there because my wage wouldnt cover the rent..[/p][/quote]wouldn't happen if Dave Whelan was in charge. bigbob123
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

Never Donate to the Salvation Army, they get enough from us taxpayers already
Never Donate to the Salvation Army, they get enough from us taxpayers already Jim271
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12:04am Thu 20 Mar 14

allan111111 says...

This hostel exploits the people it is supposed to be helping.....all they are interested in is money....they even make sure you get a reciept from housing benefit before handing you a key to your room....and the evening staff were always asleep everytime i walked by the office....
This hostel exploits the people it is supposed to be helping.....all they are interested in is money....they even make sure you get a reciept from housing benefit before handing you a key to your room....and the evening staff were always asleep everytime i walked by the office.... allan111111
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Thu 20 Mar 14

steveG says...

Sounds like yet another case of exploitation of vulnerable people by so called charities.
Sounds like yet another case of exploitation of vulnerable people by so called charities. steveG
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