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Over 1,000 Children In The East Midlands Will Wake Up Homeless This Christmas

3rd November 2016
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Over 1,000 Children In The East Midlands Will Wake Up Homeless This Christmas 

Over 1,200 children in our region face spending this Christmas on the steeets or in temporary accommodation, that is the highest level recorded in 7 years. 

Homelessness charity Shelter are launching an appeal to the public to help those in need over the holiday period. Alarmingly, the figures also reveal that the number of families living in emergency B&B and hostel rooms across the country has risen by 18% in just a year, as local councils battle to find homeless families anywhere else that is stable or affordable to go. 

The investigation also revealed the emotional and mental turmoil of living in these circumstances. 18 of the 25 families interviewed said their children’s mental and emotional health had been badly affected, with accounts of children becoming anxious, isolated from their friends and struggling to sleep.

Over half of parents said their children’s development was negatively impacted. Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter said, “News of the devastating rise in homeless children in the East Midlands will bring heartache to thousands of people in the region. But the sad fact is, fifty years since Shelter was founded, too many families still need our help. “ 

To support Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal visit their website by clicking HERE.


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