Christmas Appeal


Will you show someone like Andrew you care this Christmas with a gift of just £10?

Christmas is a special time of year for everyone, and it's particularly important to us at HARP.


Many people struggling with homelessness have already been through enough without a safe place to live. And no one should have to cope with such misery and stress – let alone at this time of year.


Christmas is regarded as the season of giving and spending time with loved ones, so I ask you to please spare a thought – and if you can, a donation – for local homeless people like Andrew this Christmas.

Just £10 can bring a little Christmas cheer for those, like Andrew, who have been through a traumatic time.


By donating to HARP this Christmas, you will provide so much more than a Christmas meal – you will give local homeless people compassion, safety and a friendly smiling face throughout the festive period and beyond.

Andrew was a hard-working and successful businessman. His company turned over more than £1m for 17 consecutive years, employing over 200 people. He had multiple business premises, a lavish country estate, a caravan in Southend and a five-bed villa in Portugal.


Riding high, Andrew could not have predicted what would come next. After losing a major business contract, Andrew’s life began to spiral out of control, with a series of devastating blows in a short time.

”First, my mother had a stroke that left her paralysed. Then, my best friend and colleague committed suicide. My health began to deteriorate, and I had to spend a lot of time at the doctors with diabetes, high cholesterol, and liver and heart problems. And then, my wife was diagnosed with cancer.

Every year, HARP support on average around 1,000 local people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Can you help us make sure that people like Andrew can be safe and warm this Christmas and throughout the year?

Support someone like Andrew this Christmas by making a donation today.


"I think that was the final straw. I had just had enough of everything. I had always been able to control everything with money, but I couldn't help my wife."

Andrew used alcohol and drugs as a mechanism for coping with the feeling of helplessness and guilt that he wasn't able to cure his wife’s cancer.


"You know when people say they just closed the door and walked out? Well, that's exactly what I did."


Andrew went to his caravan in Southend to take a break from it all and never went back to work again. The bills and debts came rolling in until finally Andrew was forced to declare bankruptcy.


Luckily Andrew had many good friends and managed to sofa surf for a number of years. Eventually, though, the goodwill ran out, and Andrew finally came to HARP.

“I was so scared to come to HARP I wasn’t sure what to expect."


When Andrew first came to HARP he was housed at Heath House, our emergency accommodation, to get him off the streets. He then moved on to HARP’s supported accommodation.


Andrew has now settled in and found a passion for gardening. He has started growing herbs and spices that he uses in his kitchen.


He's currently receiving treatment for depression and is working with his Key Worker, Duncan, to rebuild relationships affected by his previous decision making.


“I have now realised how important getting help for depression and mental illness really is. I am the happiest I have been for a really long time. It feels like I can start again.”

"I am just completely grateful for how helpful and supportive everyone I have spoken to at HARP has been."

"I thought that people would be really judgmental, but everyone at HARP was so selfless and nice.”

"I’m so grateful to HARP for their help."

“If I hadn't come to HARP I would be dead.”


As Andrew looks to the future and starts placing the building blocks to rebuild his life, he would like people out there to know that there is help if you want it.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, HARP are non-judgmental and will help you.”


Andrew is just one of the residents in our 226 rooms who, without HARP, might be sleeping rough this Christmas. We offer our residents - as well as those we support who are still sleeping on the streets - a festive meal and a Christmas present over the Christmas period, as well as the long term support they need to overcome homelessness. This can only happen thanks to your support.

Show your support to more people like Andrew this Christmas by donating to our Christmas Appeal.

Support someone like Andrew this Christmas by making a donation today.

Donations to our Christmas appeal will help us to provide meals, entertainment, activities and much-needed care and support to local homeless people over the Christmas period and beyond. All donations will be spent where we feel the need is greatest. Many people like to support HARP with non-monetary gifts at Christmas time. Click here to find out more about the items we need to provide presents for local homeless people, and to support our efforts over the festive period.