Karolina Kivimaki

On 4 October 2019, I will be joining Glass Door Homeless Charity's Sleep Out in the Square to bring shelter and support to men and women affected by homelessness.

I have been volunteering for Glass Door's women's group at Chelsea Methodist Church most Wednesdays since August. I've met many wonderful volunteers and caseworkers who tirelessly and selflessly do their best to help and make a difference in lives.

I'm raising money for Glass Door because I know they are doing great work to support and shelter those in our community who are at an absolute crisis point. Glass Door welcomes everyone as their guest, giving them some stability before helping them make the necessary steps and move off the streets for good.

Research commissioned by the Greater London Authority found 8,855 people slept rough in the capital between April 2018 and March 2019. That figure has risen from 7,484 the previous year - and 62% of them were sleeping rough for the first time.

This coming winter, the charity plans to extend their services so that every night up to 175 men and women can find safe shelter, a hot meal and a warm welcome in a church-based shelter.

Please donate anything you can. Together, we can help to provide shelter and support to someone who has nowhere else to turn. I'm hoping to raise at least £500, that could cover the cost for someone to stay for over 3 weeks, which is the average length of stay in the shelters.

Please share with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter - and beyond - so I can reach my target, and together we can bring more people in off the streets.

Thank you! Karolina

Karolina Kivimaki