With the Covid-19 pandemic, last year has been particularly tough for all the people living on London’s streets. With the latest figures, we can see that more than 3,000 people slept rough on London’s streets between January and March. The economic impact of the pandemic has a big play in this, because for more than half of them, it was their first time sleeping rough.
Reacting to these figures, the charity Streets Of London (registered charity 1155242), which is fighting homelessness, have just launched a new campaign called #comeonhome.
About the issue of homelessness Matthew Thomson from The Amazons has shared: “I think we’ve all noticed a disconcerting increase of homelessness across London and the country over the last decade and it’s important for us to push back against the causes and remind ourselves that it doesn’t have to be this way“.
The #comeonhome campaign will raise money with a unique prize draw that features items such as a guitar signed by Coldplay, tickets to see The 1975 with a chance to meet the band, tickets and an overnight stay for the Craig David O2 Arena gig, as well as a Duran Duran meet and greet, concert and signed merchandise.
The full list of prizes includes items from Coldplay, The 1975, Jorja Smith, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man, Eric Clapton, Liam Gallagher, Jessie Ware, Duran Duran and Foals.
Craig David, Laura Marling, The Vaccines, James Blunt, Hot Chip, The Chemical Brothers, Declan McKenna, Jack Savoretti, Will Young, The Amazons and Goldfrapp also provided unique prize items for the campaign.
Ian Steuart Fothringham, Streets of London director, opened up about the #comeonhome campaign: “With the right support, people experiencing homelessness can turn their lives around. The money raised through this prize draw will allow us to provide funding to multiple projects across London that give homeless people the help they need, so that they can leave the streets behind and make a fresh start.
Thanks to the generosity of the artists who have donated special prizes, and to everyone who enters the prize draws, we hope to raise a significant sum that will make a real difference for people who are homeless in the capital“.
The charity Streets of London funds specialist support for people who are homeless in London, it also raises awareness about homelessness. The charity is funding projects where it knows the money will make a real difference, so people can get back on their feet.
In the last seven years, Streets of London has made grants totaling more than £600,000 to fund projects that offer changing support to homeless people in the capital.
The entry for the prize draw of the #comeonhome campaign is priced at £5 and the public can buy their tickets here.