Doing what we do, driving and riding through the streets of London at all hours, it’s impossible not to be aware of people sleeping on the streets. This is something that concerns our teams, particularly at this time of year when the weather turns colder.
Shelter from the Storm is a free emergency night shelter, based close to us in Islington, which provides dinner, bed and breakfast and support services to 42 homeless people every night all year round and is entirely dependent on donations and volunteers to keep running.
This year, instead of sending Christmas gifts to our clients, we made a donation to Shelter from the Storm and sent everyone an email to raise awareness of their important work. We also held a Christmas Jumper Day, where staff dressed-up in festive attire and made a donation, which we added to our client gift pot, raising £1,300.36p in total.
Sheila Scott, Chief Executive and Co-Founder said, “Thank you so much to Zoe and the team at GLH for choosing us as their Charity of the year. The wonderful donation raised will make a real difference to our ability to achieve our dream of building a permanent home for the shelter which we will be opening in Archway in Spring 2019.”
The new building will be a first-of-its-kind, purpose-built home for people facing homelessness and will have facilities such as lockable wardrobes, counselling rooms, IT facilities, a commercial kitchen and showers. You can read more about it and see what it will look like here. As with all of Shelter from the Storm’s operations, it is being entirely funded by donations.
For less than £20 per day, Shelter from the Storm can provide a homeless person with a hot evening meal, a warm bed, breakfast and a range of services such as showers, laundry, counselling, legal clinic and English lessons. We would encourage all our clients and customers to help Shelter from the Storm in any way they can and to visit www.sfts.org.uk to find out more about the team’s vital work and the people they have helped.