17th Jul, 2018

Leamington doctor receives award for setting up homeless shelter

Maisie Jeynes 28th Jun, 2017

A DEDICATED doctor from Leamington has received a British Citizen Award after setting up a shelter for homeless people in the town.

The awards recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society.

Susan Rutherford began volunteering with local homeless charities when she was studying to be a doctor at Warwick University.

After realising there were very few options for people to find food or shelter, the 25 year-old and fellow medical student Vishal Chauhan decided to address the problem themselves.

They got support from students and residents, and eventually turned a dilapidated former social club into the Leamington Winter Support Night Shelter.

Susan, who is now a qualified doctor, continues to run the shelter and is currently working with a team of doctors dedicated to homeless health.

Susan said: “I was pretty overwhelmed when I found out about the award to be honest. It’s very humbling when people show their appreciation like this because it’s not what you do it for.”

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