After branding homelessness “voluntary”, Dudley’s comments incited a backlash and he has refused to back down, apologising only for the “clarity of his communication” and insisting that he was calling for a crackdown on anti-social behaviour, not rough sleepers.
But IncWedible organiser David Coplowe has opted for a different approach with the planned street party after being “shocked” by the comments.
David, 27, told The Big Issue: “I was shocked that someone would treat other human beings in this way.
“I thought that I have to do something about this – I haven’t done any fundraising or charity stuff since I was at school but this is a bit of a new year’s resolution now and when I do things it tends to be go big or don’t bother.
“People have responded really well to the campaign and have been quite interested in it. I think that what they like is that it is doing something that is not against the royals – good luck to Harry and Meghan.
“I wanted to stick with the idea of bringing homeless people into Windsor but thought we could do better than that and put on an all-inclusive event of our own.
“Not only would it help raise awareness of the rise in homelessness in the UK but also offer a change from their regular routine.
“After all, this is a celebration for the whole of the UK and anyone who wants to take part should be able to. It is all about inclusivity.”
The money will fund food and a big screen to watch the ceremony – as well as the FA Cup Final, which is on the same day – and travel for guests from elsewhere in the country.
Campaign organiser David is also consulting charities in a bid to put together a “guest list” of homeless people from Windsor and all around the UK.
“I am working with local charities because I don’t want this to be a small thing,” he said, who is in the final year of a PhD at Oxford University reading experimental particle physics. “I want there to be plenty of food and a big screen where people can watch the wedding and the football too.
“I have to establish a guest list but I am trying to get as many homeless people from across the UK to the party and it is not just rough sleepers but people living in temporary accommodation and other types of homelessness too.
“It is going to be a big party and I want to make sure that everyone is invited.”
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