Homelessness and rough sleeping are dreadful things to deal with at any time of the year, but as Christmas approaches and the weather turns colder the need for somewhere warm and safe to live becomes even more intense and urgent for thousands of vulnerable people across the country.
It is in recognition that this year above all others there will be thousands of people desperate for help that the Salvation Army has launched a special homelessness at Christmas appeal to try to help as many of those in need as possible.
On the streets
Their TV advert asks donors to give £19 to buy a box filled with food and some modest gifts for a family in need.
But even more pressing is the need to find extra beds and warm shelter for the thousands of vulnerable people who have nowhere else to go but on the streets which is why we have chosen this special Christmas appeal to receive our £330 donation.
Fundraiser Mike Tierney said: “The generosity of individuals and firms like Gladstone Brookes is vital to our mission to help as many people as possible this Christmas and throughout the winter.
Like most charities our fundraising has been hit hard this year and we are very grateful for such a generous gift and you can be assured we will put it to good use.
“After a difficult year we want to reach out to the people who are suffering the most and bring joy and hope into their lives this Christmas.
Thousands of people will turn to us for help this winter.
In over 650 communities across the UK we will be rolling up our sleeves and doing all we can for them.”
The Salvation Army runs a year round homeless programme with 80 supported accommodation services throughout the country which they call lighthouses.
One of them is James Lee House in Brick Street, Warrington.
Said Mike: “Our policy is never to turn anyone away who needs help and all our centres have emergency camp beds for those walking in off the street, but thanks to the pandemic and the time of year we need many more.
“Solving someone’s immediate need for housing is a vital first step – and for some people that is enough. For other people they require more support.
“This is why financial support like you have been able to give is so important to those people who turn to us as their last resort. Thank you.”