Children facing festive period without a home

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As we all open presents and enjoy extravagant Christmas dinners, more than 830 children across the district will face the festive season without even a home.

New government figures released this week show that 838 children in the East Midlands will face waking up homeless this Christmas morning –a staggering rise of 18 per cent since last year.

For many children, this will mean living in one cramped room of a hostel or bed and breakfast with their entire family, sharing a kitchen and bathroom with strangers and eating meals on the bed or floor.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “No child should have to face homelessness, especially at this time of year – so it’s heart-breaking to think that hundreds will wake up without a place to call home in the East Midlands this Christmas.

“When the worst happens, Shelter is there to help stop people losing their home. Our advisers will be working hard to help all those facing homelessness this Christmas.

“But sadly it’s getting tougher for us to be there for every family that needs us. We urgently need more support from the public so we can make sure no-one has to fight homelessness on their own this Christmas.”

To donate to Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal please visit shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70060 to give £3.

Visit www.shelter.org.uk/slippers for more information.