In 1968 this writer took part in a sponsored walk for the stop homelessness charity Shelter. The charity was in its infancy.
I was proud to wear the badge "I'm a Shelter Helper" and back then the hope was we could end homelessness and soon.
Forty-eight years later Shelter not only still exists it is needed more than ever.
Founded in 1966 Shelter has helped thousands of people down the years but their work continues.
"Shelter was launched on 1 December 1966, evolving out of the work on behalf of homeless people then being carried on at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. A major spur to the setting up of the charity was the public outcry and calls for action which followed the transmission in November 1966 of the BBC television play "Cathy Come Home" which highlighted the plight of the homeless in Britain."
There are various ways you can help this charity Christmas 2016
Merry Christmas From Hadfield Main
The people behind a Christmas charity single from Hatfield Main are raising money for independent food banks but are also fundraising for Shelter.
"Alongside our song 'Merry Christmas From Hatfield Main', Joe Solo and the Hatfield Brigade are running a campaign to help raise funds to help people with no home this Christmas. In association with UK Miners Pension Scheme for Justice and Fair Play Association, we would ask that if you can spare a little extra above the cost of the 79p download, you help us help Shelter to combat the effect of austerity in Food Bank Britain.
Our single can be downloaded at:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/merry-christmas-from-hatfield/id1171818970 and we would welcome your support.
All funds raised by the song go to support independent food banks and a new hardship fund to help those struggling to make ends meet. We are one community singing for ALL communities. Thank you."
Be a Shelter helper 2016
Slippers for Shelter - "The lights are up in the High Street, the shops are full of festive displays, so you don't need us to tell you Christmas is fast approaching. That’s why we're asking you to pencil in Slippers for Shelter on 9 December.
Slippers for Shelter is the easiest, cosiest fundraiser around. To get involved, all you need to do is wear your slippers and make a donation to Shelter. We even have free fundraising resources to help you out. This Christmas 120,000 children in Britain will be homeless. With your support we can be there for them; so please, put your best foot forward, and put it in a slipper."
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