This year, Shelter Cymru estimate that more than 1,500 children in Wales will be facing Christmas without a home. In the last 12 months, an unprecedented number of people have turned to the charity for advice and support which has increased Shelter Cymru’s case load by over a third.
Head of Fundraising Kerys Sheppard said, ‘“Right now, there are thousands of people in Wales facing a winter on the streets or in temporary accommodation. Thanks to the generosity of the Monmouthshire Building Society we are able to support even more families who are facing the devastating impact of the housing emergency. The donation of £1,000 to our Super Santa appeal and £4,000 to our front line services will make a big difference to many people.”
The donation follows a commitment from the Society to support Shelter Cymru as their charity partner until 2026.
The Society’s Chief Operating Officer Dawn Gunter said, “Shelter Cymru are about to face a third year of pressure as the impact of Covid 19 continues. With increased demand for the advice and support they provide we felt it was right to make a donation that would provide a boost to frontline services and help make this a happier Christmas for some by contributing to the Super Santa appeal. At the Society we believe that everyone has the right to safe and secure housing and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with Shelter Cymru over the next 5 years.”
This Christmas the charity are emphasising the alarming number of children living in hostels, B&Bs, hotels or flats with insufficient space for eating sleeping and playing. They have also launched their Super Santa appeal, asking for the gift of high street vouchers that can be given to those facing homelessness this Christmas.
Penny Salter from Shelter Cymru said, “A voucher might not seem like a huge gesture but for some, this could be the only gift they receive this year. This small act can have a truly positive impact on someone and make their Christmas that little bit happier.”
To find out more about the work of Shelter Cymru and make a donation, please visit sheltercymru.org.uk