St Mungo’s has thanked Sadiq Khan and other partners today as it was announced that The Mayor of London’s rough sleeping campaign has raised almost £200k.
The London Homeless Charities Group, which includes St Mungo’s, Crisis, YMCA England & Wales and others, joined forces with the Mayor on the ‘No One Needs To Sleep Rough In London’ campaign, calling on the public to join the fight to help ensure there is a way off the streets for people sleeping rough in the capital last winter.
The coalition of 18 charities will each receive around £10,000.
Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said: “Our thanks to the Mayor and all the partners in the London Homeless Charities Group for pulling together this campaign, which meant there was something every Londoner could do to help people sleeping rough over the cold winter period.
“And many thanks to Londoners for their extreme generosity. We’re putting money raised towards our Recovery College which helps support people who’ve been sleeping rough with their wellbeing and into training and employment. Around 650 people attend our London Recovery College over a year, which offers activities and ways to rebuild self-confidence and boost skills which can help people to find and sustain a home and move away from the streets for good.”
Sadiq Khan, said: “Even one person sleeping rough on our streets is one too many, and it’s been incredible to see how much Londoners want to help tackle this problem. They have helped connect more rough sleepers than ever before with services in the capital, and their huge generosity will make a huge difference, with the £197,254 raised going to charities working tirelessly to help those in desperate need.
“I continue to do everything I can to make sure there is a route off the streets for every rough sleeper in London, from funding outreach services to opening emergency shelters every night the temperature drops below zero. But I cannot do it alone. This campaign has shown what a difference we can make when we all work together, and the Government needs to go much further in giving us the resources we need to help rough sleepers, and in addressing the root causes of homelessness.”
You can still donate to the campaign at www.gofundme.com/endroughsleeping