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Campaign description

At Deen Relief we recognise that people across the world and in our own community can benefit from our help, and we fundraise for and run projects in both.

Homelessness is an increasing problem across the UK. In August 2017, a report by homeless charity Crisis predicted that rough sleeping in the UK would increase by 76% in the next ten years and that 202,200 households will face homelessness1.

This continues the trend which has seen rough sleeping steadily increase over the past seven years, with a 33% increase in the past five years alone.

Facts: Nearly 60,000 families were declared homeless by local authorities in England between April 2016 and March 2017 – a rise of 34 percent on the same period in 2010-11, an analysis by the Independent found2.

The number of homeless individuals in Brighton & Hove varies according to different data collection methods, but most have it in the hundreds. Through our own walks around the city, we know that there are many poor and vulnerable people on the streets every night. There are several established services in the area providing specialist support to help get these individuals back on their feet. Deen Relief provides immediate help through the provision of food, drinks, blankets and clothing every Sunday, from a location on the seafront. Individuals are welcome to take a box containing a freshly prepared hot meal, a bag of mixed food items, and bottled water. When we have clothing and blankets available, individuals are also welcome to take a selection of required items.

We have been running this stall since 2014. If we have any food left at the end of the evening we will walk around the city and give food to the individuals we meet who are sleeping on the street. On average each week we feed approximately 100 individuals.

The team who run our stall are all volunteers, and all the items given away are donated by local individuals and businesses. Hot food is prepared in the council hygiene checked kitchen of one of the volunteers.

We would like to thank the following for making this support possible: The Purple People Food Bank; the Taj Store; and all our volunteers.

[1] Report from Crisis.org.uk
[2] Analysis by The Independent