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LBC 97.3's Christmas Appeal 2012

The Help a London Child Christmas Appeal 2012

Last Christmas, we focused on homelessness. Christmas is the coldest time of year and for many young homeless people, there will be no carefully-wrapped gifts or warm, comforting food on Christmas day. Just a terrible feeling of loneliness and the constant threat of violent attacks or serious illness.

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For our Christmas 2012 Appeal, Help a London Child supported Centrepoint, who provide housing and support for over 1,200 16-25 year olds every year, helping them into work and a home of their own. It also gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament.

- 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK every year.
- One in every 100 young people in the UK experiences homelessness every year.
- A quarter of the young people that Centrepoint supports have slept rough.
- One in five young people that Centrepoint supports have been in care.

Thank you to everyone who donated to last year's appeal the money raised really will make a huge difference. You can still make a donation by clicking on the link below.

A donation of 10 could provide a warm, safe place for a young person to stay this Christmas Eve. A young person like Nina.

Every penny counts. Thank you.

John's Story

john centrepointJohn is the eldest of three children. He had a troubled and unstable childhood, with his schizophrenic father leaving the family when John was just four years old. John's mother would often take her frustrations out on her children and as the only boy, John often bore the brunt of her attacks. John's earliest memory is being kicked hard in the stomach by his mother. He was just five at the time.

By the age of 15, John was regularly sleeping on benches or in a derelict flat. He was surrounded by danger, but it was still better than suffering violence at home. After four years of living rough, John's physical and mental health was in a terrible state. He turned to drink, self-harming and even became suicidal.

Eventually, John was admitted to hospital and brought to our attention. He had his first shower for a very long time, finally feeling clean and relaxed. Being at Centrepoint meant that he finally had a warm, safe room, which John took great delight in keeping clean. He describes it as "perfect".

Since being at Centrepoint, John has found having access to counsellors really useful to help him overcome his personal and mental issues. He has taken advantage of life skills classes, which have helped him learn about budgeting, paying bills and cooking. John's biggest love has been reading, with his desk always filled with books on economics, marketing, physics, philosophy and theology.