Helping the most vulnerable in society is second nature for firefighters, says Mav Langdon.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Eastern England will spend a night sleeping rough to raise money for a homelessness charity.
HARP support over 1,000 people who are either homeless, or at risk of homelessness every year, and invite the community to take part in The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out each October to mark World Homeless Day.
We are joining in this year and will be distributing information in Southend High Street this Saturday, 20 October, while raising money to help local homeless people. We will later retreat to Leigh Fire Station where we will sleep out for the night.
This week union officials were invited to look around HARP’s Day Centre in York Road and saw the wide range of support available and how important fundraising is to the local charity.
Lisa Walton, HARP community fundraiser, said “we are thrilled to have the Fire Brigade Union support our Sleep Out this year. Keeping the community safe is what they specialise in, but that is not restricted to people with homes. Our town’s rough sleepers are vulnerable and need a safe place to retreat to, and with support from our community we can continue to grow our service and provide more people a place to call home.”
The average life expectancy of a homeless person is estimated to be just 47 for men and 43 for women and they are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence.
As firefighters we are used to responding in emergencies to people when they are at their most vulnerable. HARP are there helping the most vulnerable in our society everyday - providing food, shelter and the support they need to overcome homelessness for good.
Rough sleepers need real change, not loose change.
Please support us this weekend by donating at http://www.justgiving.com/EASTERN-FBU?utm_id=121 or texting HOME43 £10 to 70070 to donate to HARP and make a difference today.