Vicki Lant On 2 October 2020, I will be joining Glass Door Homeless Charity's Sleep Out to bring shelter and support to men and women affected by homelessness.

I'm raising money for Glass Door again because they have done outstanding work in times before the pandemic to support and shelter those in our community who are at an absolute crisis point. During the pandemic they have been tireless and the energy of the team and volunteers has been faultless in feeding and sheltering those in greatest need and seeking out those who became homeless as financial pressures closed in. 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. The pandemic has brought so many of us to near crisis and desperation as sources of money dry up and lenders and landlords may be pushed to limits too. You can be sure that homelessness will increase this coming autumn and winter and as access to public hygiene facilities remain locked down, the plight of homeless people becomes filled with daily indignities and increasing stress.

While running winter night shelter in a shared space may not be possible, Glass Door is committed to finding ways to ensure that individuals in need can find safe shelter, a hot meal and a warm welcome.

Last year you helped me raise nearly £1000 and together, we improved the lives of 829 people in London. Everyone thinks the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the richest in the capital. It is, but starkly has the widest gap between the haves and have nots. My church, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, works closely with Glass Door to support in outreach ways and since I arrived in London, two years ago, we have joined the sleep out as part of our support. Please donate anything you can - I'd love us to do better - together, we can help to provide shelter and support to many more who have nowhere else to turn.

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.

Heartfelt thanks xx Vicki Lant