Redbridge’s homeless prepare Christmas gifts for children in conflict zones

PUBLISHED: 09:45 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 03 December 2018

Nick Thompson, Ami Shrestha and Sandra Fells with the boxes bound for Syria.

Nick Thompson, Ami Shrestha and Sandra Fells with the boxes bound for Syria.


As winter once again sets in, newspapers across the nation typically turn their focus towards charity appeals for rough sleepers – and rightly so.

Nick Thompson, Ami Shrestha and Sandra Fells with the boxes bound for Syria.Nick Thompson, Ami Shrestha and Sandra Fells with the boxes bound for Syria.

But this year, some of Redbridge’s homeless residents have been preparing gift boxes for children in conflict-stricken countries such as Syria.

Charity Single Homeless Project (SHP), in Broadway Chambers, has been collecting Christmas gift boxes to give to children through relief organisation the Samaritan’s Purse.

The Samaritans Purse helps communities across regions including Africa, eastern Europe and central Asia.

Nick Thompson, a floating support worker with SHP, said: “Some of our homeless clients enjoyed helping to prepare the boxes.

“They recognise that, despite the hardships they face on a daily basis, there are always people in much worse situations around the world and that helped give them a sense of perspective.”

Find out more about SHP at or call 02085144608

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