UK housing and homelessness charity Shelter has hosted its second annual “Sleep Walk for Shelter”, with sporting figures such as Fara Williams and Monty Panesar taking part.
According to Shelter, there are now 135,000 children in Britain without a home, and the event took place on Tuesday 3rd December to raise money to support families at risk of homelessness over the Christmas period. The charity says that a child becomes homeless in Britain every eight minutes, and the event - which included a 10km night time walk around London - saw 2,500 Londoners take to the streets to raise awareness.
The first Sleep Walk for Shelter event took place for the first time in London in December 2018, but has this year been rolled out to Manchester as well.
Williams, England's most-capped player, has spoken about being homeless during her playing career, and is now supporter of the charity. She said of the event: “It’s amazing to see so many people come together today and Sleep Walk for Shelter.
“Homelessness and bad housing affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK so it’s more important than ever that we support those who are at risk of losing their homes. With our help, they can make a difference to people who need it this Christmas.”
Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter, meanwhile, said: “The housing emergency is spiralling out of control, and we know hundreds of thousands of children will be spending Christmas in grim temporary accommodation, cramped into one room with their whole family and sharing bathrooms with strangers.”