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Cailey Rizzo
Updated December 19, 2018

A DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in England has agreed to take in a group of 28 homeless people for Christmas after another hotel abruptly canceled their reservations.

On the nights of Dec. 24 and 25, The DoubleTree Hilton in Hull will host the group and serve Christmas dinner, all complimentary.

Last week, Raise the Roof Hull Homeless Project received word that their holiday booking for 28 homeless people in town was abruptly canceled. The group paid almost $1,400 (£1,092) for the stay on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

When asked why the booking was canceled, the Britannia Hotels’ Royal Hotel Hull first declined to comment.

“In my eyes, this is nothing more than discrimination, especially after we was so open about what it was for,” Raise the Roof founder Carl Simpson told The Guardian.

“The hotel has a number of families and tours staying over the Christmas period which we feel would suffer if the booking was taken,” Britannia Hotels said in a statement on Monday. “We have, however contacted the charity to advise that we are willing to take the booking with conditions.” Raise the Roof declined the offer to rebook and will instead be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring our signature hospitality to the Raise the Roof Homeless Project by accommodating the guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Hull,” a Hilton spokesperson said in a statement. “Making a positive contribution to our community is fundamental to our business, and we hope to make our guests’ stay truly memorable this Christmas.”

After news of the cancellation, donations to the group poured in, totaling more than $11,300 (£9,000). Since Hilton has offered to house the group for free and several other businesses have offered donations like dinner, the group will be discussing the donations at a “meeting in the new year to decide who to best use them to support the homeless further,” according to a Facebook post.

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