On the morning of Christmas eve 2016 a homeless man, Micheal McClusky, was found dead from exposure. Five days later on December 29th a few yards away another homeless man, known only by the name of Greg, was also found dead from exposure.
In December 2016, there was an estimated 874 homeless people in Medway, which is 1 in every 313 people. Medway is in the top 1% of deprived areas in England and Wales and from November, Chatham High Street fills up with homeless people sleeping in the vacant shop doorways.
The sad fact of today’s world is that once a person has become homeless they almost become invisible to the world. Their life is relegated to a small square of pavement which they call home while they watch the world pass them by daily, they receive little or no interaction with people and levels of violent crimes committed against homeless people is on the rise.
This is where organisations like Caring Hands can help. They provide support for vulnerable people, so that they can work through the problems that have prevented them from securing a permanent home and help them build confidence and achieve their full potential.
Here is how your donations could help:
- £5 can buy a pack of thermal socks to help keep weary feet warm
- £15 can buy a thermal hat, scarf and gloves for one
- £30 can buy an all-weather sleep bag to keep the winter cold out
Caring Hands is committed to making these people feel part of a community and providing help to ensure that they can go on to successfully reintegrate into society.
We feel strongly that in this day and age no one should be so alone and vulnerable in a society that has so much, therefore we will be spending a night sleeping on the streets in November to highlight this issue and raise some money for caring hands to enable them to continue with their fantastic work. We would love if you could help us to make a difference in these people’s lives by supporting us and making a donation.