Winter can be a very tough time of the year for most of us. The car is a nightmare to defrost, the footpaths are icy and cold snaps in your face, giving you dry lips and rosy cheeks. It all sounds an all too familiar scenario for winter sufferers in the UK. Imagine all of these tribulations, but also being homeless. This is the case for 250,000 people in the UK who regularly have to spend all day and all night in these seemingly arctic conditions. In addition, since 2011 the number of people sleeping on the streets has increased by 134 percent, cementing the prevalence of the problem and the need to take action to solve this.
Unilite has teamed up with Operation Drawstring @opdrawstring to try and help out with this in the local area. The charity provides food, warm clothing and toiletries to try and help make homeless people’s lives easier and more comfortable. To assist, Unilite has donated some of their original type warm knitted beanies to the charities, which have been put to good use by the community. Although of course, this hasn’t solved the problem of homelessness, with a national plan of action needed, it has gone some way in order to make their lives more comfortable and manageable. If we can all do our bit in the local community, to help and assist those who are suffering from this epidemic, then we can take a positive step towards reducing and then eradicating homelessness in the UK.
The organiser of Operation Drawstring is Kerry Lenihan, who formed the charity in 2015. She is always happy to accept more donations or another pair of helping hands to assist with their daily/nightly handouts in the Birmingham area. To contact her, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org