A crucial event took place last November which will again be repeated this year to aid Centrepoint raise important and life saving funds for young homeless people.
Centrepoint is a leading national charity, which supports, campaigns and houses young homeless people aged 16-25. Their work is not only about providing a bed for the night but to assist young individuals to turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills-tackling their physical and mental health issues and moving them into education or employment.
For the second year running, Daniel Smith, Managing Director of Furniture Hire UK made the decision to 'sleep out' in support of Centrepoint and on Thursday 12th November he spent the night in Old Spitalfields Market with nothing but a sleeping bag for shelter. Pictured from left Daniel Smith, Joe McFadden, Ed Mitchell, Niamh Cusack and Lisa Maxwell.
He experienced the discomfort of trying to sleep on boxes on a cold hard floor amongst the bright lights of the city and the noise of street cleaners and public transport. It provided Daniel with some of the practical realities of being homeless in London and you begin to wonder just how you would have coped at the age of 16.
Over 200 people took to the streets of London in aid of Centrepoint and to assist ending youth homelessness. To date, over £145,000 has been raised and these funds allow the dedicated charity to continue helping young homeless people transform their lives.
The event is a tremendous achievement and the involvement not only helps to raise money but shows solidarity for young homeless people. It is worth sparing a thought for those living on the streets who are afflicted by hunger, hopelessness and danger.
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Photography By Nigel Howard - Evening Standard