Reality stars Louise Thompson and Love Island’s Chris Taylor are lending their support to St Mungo’s, as they launch this year’s campaign for World Homeless Day and asking the British public to #WakeUpToHomelessness.
Louise and Chris rolled up their sleeves and helped Londoners to ‘wake up’, knocking up a classic Full English breakfast, preparing coffee and serving customers in the iconic Jim’s Cafe. Both are supporting St Mungo’s in encouraging the nation to join them and the charity in the fight to end homelessness for good, supporting awareness on the ways to get involved, whether it’s volunteering, donating, fundraising or campaigning with St Mungo’s.
Rough sleeping is on the rise;
- Since 2010, there has been a 165% increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets of England.
- Half have a mental health illness and 14% are women
- The average age of death whilst homeless is 45 for men, and 43 for women
- 726 people died whilst homeless or rough sleeping last year, which is a fifth more than the previous year.
St Mungo’s is one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities. Each night we provide a bed and support to more than 2,800 people. Since we were founded 50 years ago, we have worked hard to support people away from rough sleeping, helping them to rebuild their lives and fulfil their hopes and ambitions.
Louise Thompson says: “The visible increase in people sleeping rough in London and across the rest of the rest of the country is shocking and unacceptable. I’m proud to be supporting St Mungo’s #WakeUpToHomelessness campaign for World Homeless Day this year, and hope together we can help to raise awareness of this very important issue.”
Reta Robinson, St Mungo’s Director of Fundraising said: “The support of stars like Louise and Chris means a great deal to St Mungo’s and we are grateful for their time and generosity. This World Homeless Day we want thousands of people to join us in support of people who have no safe place to call home. Clients in our housing, health and employment projects benefit from the generosity of all our supporters, so please – like Louise and Chris – get involved!”
No-one should have to sleep rough. This October, support St Mungo’s and show your support for those seeking to leave homelessness behind for good.
Join Louise and Chris and take part in St Mungo’s #WakeUpToHomelessness campaign, and find out how to donate and get involved by visiting www.mungos.org/wake-up