HARP launches Christmas appeal as temperatures plunge in Southend

HARP, Southend’s Homeless Charity, is asking people to help them make Christmas special for those facing homelessness, as temperatures plunge across the UK.

While many of us are enjoying the festivities in the lead up to Christmas, those who are sleeping rough on the streets don’t have the same luxury.

Winter is especially challenging for homeless people, and life on the streets, or in precarious accommodation, can be lonely and dangerous.

All of HARP’s 208 residents – who might otherwise be sleeping rough this Christmas – as well as those still sleeping on the streets, are offered a meal, a Christmas present and a special day at HARP over the Christmas period. This can only happen thanks to the support of the local community.

Last December alone the charity provided around 5,300 meals, and gave out 251 emergency food packs and 31 food parcels. HARP also provides accommodation for over 200 people, as well as an emergency night shelter, and last year supported over 1,200 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

HARP is asking people to spare more than just a thought for those on the streets this Christmas. Just £10 can bring a little Christmas magic for those, like Marie, who have been through a traumatic time.

By donating to HARP this Christmas you will provide so much more than a Christmas meal, you will be giving local homeless people the compassion, safety and support they need during the festive period and beyond.

To make a donation visit www.harpsouthend.org.uk/christmas-appeal-2019 or donate £10 by texting the word XMAS to 70450 (texts cost £10 plus on standard rate message).

Mick Ferris

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