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Christmas meals appeal 2017

Christmas is a special time for everyone and it’s particularly important to us at HARP. Whilst most of us are enjoying time with our families and a much needed break, for those living on the streets it can be a very lonely and stressful time of year. Many rough sleepers tell us they feel isolated and at risk, at what should be a safe and happy time of year.


This was the case for Jonathan, whose life was turned upside down after losing his son in a car accident. His relationship subsequently broke down, leaving him homeless.

“One Christmas I slept in a graveyard. Someone took my coat and sleeping bag so I slept in a T-Shirt that night. It was so cold and misty I couldn’t see my hand. Now I have a warm bed every night. Without HARP, I would be cold and on the streets again.”

Jonathan is now making fantastic progress in HARP accommodation, working with trained staff and volunteers to overcome the issues that surrounded his homelessness situation. He’s been looking forward to a safe and warm Christmas this year. 

“Because I have made so much progress, I have had family and friends write to me and invite me to their homes this Christmas. This is the first time in years I have been welcome, it’s really nice to know that people believe in me. I can’t thank HARP enough for helping me to change my life, I can’t wait for Christmas, I hope to show others at HARP that anything is possible with the right support.”

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


By clicking below to donate, you will help to 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…

Text XMAS09 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 for a Christmas Meal

Give a regular gift to support local homeless people this Christmas and beyond

Support a homeless person this Christmas with a one-off gift

These donations 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 what we need to provide presents for local homeless people, and to support our efforts over the festive period.

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