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Ex-Footballer Turns Luxury ‘Glamping’ Pods Into Shelters for Homeless to Get Back on Their Feet

An ex-footballer in the UK has helped dozens of homeless back on their feet after turning 46 luxury glamping pods into individual shelters. Ex-Man United star Lou Macari, 71, started the project at the beginning of the first national lockdown in March last year, after the pandemic forced him to close his previous shelter in Stoke-on-Trent. The Scottish-born footballer had been wanting to expand for a while after launching the Lou Macari Foundation four years ago and had the ingenious idea after stumbling across a glamping site. Now, the foundation has 46 of these 15-foot-by-7.5-foot pods, which each have a bed, table and chairs, and flat screen TV—so the residents can eat their dinner or support their football team without causing a ruckus. “I was just driving around and I stumbled across this field full of these pods and it got me thinking, ‘would they fit in a warehouse,’” Lou said. …

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