Saturday 19 January 2019

'We can't retrieve last of donated property', says Apollo House volunteer

Campaigner Rosi Leonard
Campaigner Rosi Leonard

Homeless campaign group Home Sweet Home (HSH) says it is being prevented from retrieving the last remaining donated items from Apollo House.

Although most of the items were removed when the occupation ended, the group says it is anxious to retrieve the remaining possessions.

These include mattresses, furniture and electrical appliances such as toasters and kettles.

On Tuesday, the High Court case was adjourned for another two weeks to allow the volunteers to remove the last of the items.

However, HSH spokesperson Rosi Leonard told the Herald that, after the hearing, they were not allowed to enter the premises.

"You have people giving up their time to help us, yet the receivers are not complying," she said.

"We need legal clarification from them in order to enter the building because they're the ones holding the keys.

"When the occupation ended we removed all of the donated clothes and food, which went to our mobile outreach programme.


"We plan on distributing the leftover items to people who really need them, but the receivers need to let us into the building first."

During the court hearing, Rossa Fanning said that his clients [the receivers] had sought an indemnity over the concern they may face claims arising out of the occupation.

This was due to one volunteer who wanted a donated boiler returned to him.

The receivers said they knew nothing about the boiler and feared they could face claims over this and other items.

"It is my understanding that the issue with the boiler has been resolved, but I'm not sure of the particular details," said Mrs Leonard.

"We have to get into the premises immediately because these items have a very good purpose."

A spoksperson for Mazars, the Receivers to Apollo House said;  "The court confirmed on Tuesday that it's the responsibility of the four named defendants (Mr Ogle, Mr Hansard, Ms Hennessy and Ms Hedderman) to remove the contents left behind by Home Sweet Home. 

"The Receivers sought confirmation (not an indemnity) that the four named defendants will take responsibility for the removal of the contents. Hopefully that confirmation will come through very shortly and we will then be able to facilitate the removal of contents from the building."

Mazars said it hopes the parties named in court will collect the items from Apollo House soon.

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