Homeless at Christmas

Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.'Christmas shelter staff Angela Pickup, Donna Wren, Alice Bates and Jake Lankshear.

Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.'Christmas shelter staff Angela Pickup, Donna Wren, Alice Bates and Jake Lankshear.

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Christmas means different things to different people but for just a few moments, we’d like you to shut your eyes and imagine that this Christmas you were hungry but had no fridge to go to, that you were cold but had no fire to heat you up.

Imagine you were scared but had no safe place to hide, that you were wet and had no place to dry out. Imagine you were dirty and couldn’t take a bath.

Imagine you carried your entire possessions everywhere in a bag? Imagine that you were homeless, imagine where you would sleep!

Homelessness can happen to anyone and does.

According to the organisation Shelter, someone loses their home every two minutes, with a 13 per cent rise against this time last year in the UK.

Not surprising with high unemployment and the current economic climate of ever increasing food and utilities prices.

Being homeless is hard, forced into facing the harsh reality of learning to survive without the most basic of needs.

Having to ask people in the street for a few pence to help out, being looked down on by many or invisible to others because you are dirty and unkempt.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-12-11) for full story.