In 1994, Jimmy Dilley, who had lived for much of his later life beneath the bridge at Junction 13 of the M11, died. His story so moved the people of Cambridge they were determined that there should be no more like Jimmy – people who had no choice but to sleep rough on the streets, parks and byways of our city.
This determined group of people from the Zion Baptist Church, joined forces with Wintercomfort and Crisis to set about establishing Cambridge’s first all-year night shelter for men and women who would otherwise sleep rough. One year after Jimmy died, Jimmy’s Night Shelter opened its doors to the people who had been living on the streets of Cambridge.
I've been very privileged to have been invited, with my camera, on many occasions to photograph the guests, staff and volunteers at Jimmy's. Despite the many difficult life stories of each guest, I've always felt it a happy place with lots of optimism. You can find out more about the great work that Jimmy's does by clicking here.