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Winter is Coming: Your donations help make the winter warmer for rough sleepers in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 18:14 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:58 04 January 2018

Four members of the homeless community have died in Redbridge in one month

Four members of the homeless community have died in Redbridge in one month

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Since launching our ‘Winter is Coming’ campaign, we have been overwhelmed by the response.

Homelessness in Redbridge infographic. Pic: Rosaleen Fenton/InfogramHomelessness in Redbridge infographic. Pic: Rosaleen Fenton/Infogram

Our target of raising £2,500 for the Salvation Army, who is running the only winter night shelter in Redbridge, is edging closer every day.

Thanks to your generosity, we have raised more than £1,900 so far and we hope to reach our target by the end of the month.

Homelessness is a national crisis and many people in our borough have been affected.

This Christmas, an estimated 6,257 people in Redbridge were homeless.

Many of those are not sleeping on the streets, but are still homeless, in hostels and temporary shelters, in tents, cars or sofa-surfing.

That figure includes more children and families than ever before.

What the statistics don’t reveal is the personal stories behind the crisis.

Due to illness, addiction, redundancy, debt, mental and physical health problems or family-break ups, people’s lives have fallen apart and they have found themselves homeless.

At the Recorder, we wanted to shine a light on the stories behind the statistics.

We are determined that the deaths of Sanjeev Kumar, 37, Ryszard Najdek, 60 and Balhaar Singh, 42, aren’t forgotten.

The money will be used to fund a caseworker who helps rough sleepers who have no access to public funds.

Alongside raising money, we are delighted to shine a light on the amazing services that are working hard to help.

If you would like to donate to our campaign, please text ILRE59 £5 to 70070 or visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ilfordrecorderwintercampaign.

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