Lets not forget the forgotten.

Twas the night before Christmas

when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

And hope is what the homeless of Hull are asking for; help, empathy, to be heard, someone to talk to and listen to their stories.

The Raise the Roof project started with one aim and that was to support the homeless by fundraising and enabling people to start fresh, regain some control in their life, get back into work and most of all put a roof over their heads.

Richard and I had an amazing opportunity working alongside Carl and his team at Raise the Roof Homeless Project on Christmas Eve. After hearing about the Christmas sleep over at another Hotel in Hull cancelling at the last minute, we were relieved to hear the news that the project had been offered somewhere else.

Upon our arrival we introduced ourselves to the team and discussed what they wanted us to capture, and most importantly for Rich and I, get to know a little about the people whose lives this affects.

It wasn’t just about taking pictures for us, it was about understanding the struggles that the people we all walk passed in the street were facing on a daily basis. The struggles that we can’t even begin to imagine.

The struggles that they never imagined they would face.

This was a massively eye opening experience for both of us, and it certainly made me realise how incredibly lucky I am, and just how quickly that luck can change.

How quickly you can go from working full time, owning a car and being comfortable in your lifestyle, to being homeless and left with the clothes you stand in.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I wish I could have done something to help those that we spoke to. I went home in a state of shock, disbelief and utter heartbroken sadness at the stories we had heard.

From one gentleman serving our country who lost everything and received zero help, to a mother and her daughter expected to wait for help over the Christmas period, to another gentleman who was refused help because he had a job, despite having nowhere to go and no money.

With the help from Raise the Roof Project 48 homeless people were given a warm cosy bed in a warm hotel room at both Doubletree by The Hilton and The Travelogde for two nights, which included breakfast and their Christmas dinner, allowing each to be safe and secure and off the streets over the festive period.

What Carl and his team does is amazing for the homeless, Richard and I learnt a lot in the few hours we were with you all and hope it gives light, a chance to sleep easy, hopefully a chance to rebuild or find a direction to move forward for the homeless people.

Because these people aren’t just homeless at Christmas. This is all year round and they deserve so much better. They deserve help and support to get back on their feet.

Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Raise the Roof Project
Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Homeless of Hull, Raise the Roof Project
Lets not forget the forgotten.

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