heart-breaking to know that this Christmas, as most children fall asleep dreaming of presents and a visit from Father Christmas, over 100,000 children will go to bed homeless. Many will be forced to spend the day in an emergency bed and breakfast or hostel, cramped into one room, with no space for a tree, or even an oven to cook Christmas dinner.
Shelter’s advisers hear from families every day who are having to cut back on food or heating just to keep a roof over their heads. With housing costs sky high we see that many more families are living on a knife-edge, knowing that just one thing, like a job loss or illness, could tip them into a spiral towards homelessness.
Our frontline staff can be the difference between someone losing their home and keeping it, but it’s getting tougher to be there for everyone who needs us. Shelter’s helpline is open 365-days a year and every week we receive over 3000 calls from people needing our support. Sadly, next year we’re bracing ourselves for even more calls for help from people struggling with bad housing and homelessness.
No child should have to face what should be the happiest time of year without a place to call home. We urgently need more support to be there for every family that needs us. That’s why we’re calling on the British public to take part in Slippers for Shelter.
On Friday 4th December, anyone can support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal, Slippers for Shelter, in three simple steps:
1. Wear your slippers into work, school or even to the shops;
2. Donate just £3 to Shelter; and
3. Take a Slipper selfie to share on social media with #slippersforshelter
Whether fluffy, frilly or festive, wearing your slippers to work will help Shelter support the thousands of families facing homelessness this Christmas. As well as wearing your slippers for Shelter, there are lots of other ways you can help this Christmas. Visit shelter.org.uk/slippers for more information.
Anyone struggling with bad housing and homelessness can get free, expert advice from Shelter at shelter.org.uk/advice http://shelter.org.uk/advice or on the helpline on 0808 800 4444