THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE
With Your Help, We’ve Raised £6,410 Towards Shelter’s Fight Against Homelessness
Last Christmas we once again reached out to our readers and friends for our annual appeal, which we alternate between Save the Children and Shelter.
In 2018 it was Shelter’s turn, and we were delighted to bring our total raised since we started the campaign to £6,410.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated. If you still want to help out, our JustGiving page stays open year-round. Click here to donate.
After they escaped domestic abuse, they needed a safe home
Mel and her three daughters had nowhere else to go, but the moment her husband threatened to kill four-year-old Olivia, Mel knew she had no choice but to leave their home.
They desperately needed somewhere safe and secure to stay, but instead they were given a freezing room in an outbuilding far away from the main property. They were so isolated that no one would hear them if they shouted for help. There was only one way in and out, so there was no way for them to get out quickly if they needed to.
How your donations make a difference
In 2018, Shelter provided front-line support for the most vulnerable in society, including those affected by the shocking Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.
Over a year later, 83 households were still stuck in the miserable limbo of temporary accommodation. Shelter helped 90 residents from Grenfell and 180 in the surrounding area following the local authority’s lacklustre response.
But most of their work isn’t around headline tragedies but in everyday injustices, such as families crammed into hostel rooms by the council, mould so severe it endangered a baby’s health and rogue landlords depriving tenants of basic amenities.
Such stories are a reminder of our privilege to have and to build secure, safe and beautiful homes and our duty to help those who struggle just to have a roof over their heads.