Homeless charity appeals for help

More than 6,000 children in the south east will wake up homeless this Christmas, and Shelter is calling on the public to help them be there for every family facing the trauma of losing their home by donating to its emergency appeal.

The Shelter helpline is open 365 days a year, and is staffed by a dedicated team of 50 expert advisers who offer vital support and advice to homeless families and those still fighting to stay in their homes.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said with nearly 25,000 families in East Sussex facing the prospect of being turfed out of their homes, the charity desperately needs additional funding to help them.

He said: “Imagine the panic of receiving a notice through the door saying that you could lose your home – that’s the devastating reality for thousands of people every week.

“The sky-high cost of housing is making it harder and harder for families to keep a roof over their heads. And with the stakes so high, all it can take is one piece of bad luck to send a family spiralling towards homelessness.

“Our advisers will be working non-stop this Christmas to support families who find themselves battling to keep their home, but our services are already over-stretched and we’re struggling to meet the demand.

“We desperately need more support from the public to help us make sure no one is left to fight homelessness on their own this Christmas.”

To support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal visit the website www.shelter.org.uk or alternatively text SHELTER to 70060 in order to donate £3.