Cricklewood-based homelessness charity launches appeal to help rough sleepers

Ashford place has launched a public appeal in a bid to raise �16,000

Ashford place has launched a public appeal in a bid to raise �16,000 - Credit: Archant

A homelessness charity has launched a public appeal in a bid to raise £16,000 to create an all-year-round shelter for those sleeping rough on Brent’s streets.

A homelessness charity has launched a public appeal in a bid to raise £16,000 to create an all-year-round shelter for those sleeping rough on Brent’s streets.

Ashford Place (AP), based in Ashford Road, Cricklewood, started the campaign dubbed ‘Help Us End Rough Sleeping in North West London’ via fundraising website crowdfunder aimed at raising the five-figure sum to provide a night shelter for up to 25 people.

Last year, Brent recorded the second highest increase in rough sleepers in London.

AP claims there are currently no direct access accommodation in the borough, and rough sleepers in Brent face a long wait spanning from one month, to just under a year until they can access a safe place to sleep in.


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Lucien Lawrence, the charity’s outreach coordinator, said: “Rough sleeping in Brent has increased for the fourth consecutive year: 20 rough sleepers are found every week.”

He added: “This is intolerable, and something we must change. For that reason we have set up a crowdfunding page.”

To donate visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Rough-Sleeping-in-the-London-Borough-of-Brent/.

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