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Winter Aid for London's homeless

£11,907 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 144 people in 26 days
Created November 15, 2018
In the last 6 years we have supported 2500 homeless people. This winter we hope to make that 3000.

Under One Sky is run on a 100% voluntary basis from private donations. Every penny we receive ends up as support for the homeless. Our 400 volunteers make it possible for us to come to them on the streets.

During the winter we hand out gift cards, clothing, sleeping bags, meals, books and messages of hope and light to the homeless. The gift cards can be used to buy tents, winter clothing or other life necessities.

It all starts with meeting the homeless in the spirit of compassion. To make them feel they belong in this world just as much as anyone else. That they have not been forgotten - 8000 people slept rough in London in the last year.

Under One Sky was founded on the principle that humanity is ONE family…we are brothers and sisters regardless of nationality, race, religion, class or any other label.

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” Rumi

Unspoken Truths

Our street teams get to the truths that politicians and sensational headlines hardly touch.

·       We hear of lives filled with trauma and rejection right from childhood.

·       Deep emotional scars leading to mental health issues. 90% of homeless have mental health issues – depression being the most common.

·       Not to mention the lives of friends lost. In the past year 440 homeless people died in the UK – right before our eyes.

But other truths you rarely hear about either are:

·       The level of empathy among many homeless that most of us struggle to match.

·       The wisdom and social intelligence gained from a life of struggle.

·       The courage to tell strangers about their deepest scars and to let the tears flow.

You Make A Difference

Your funds will be spent on buying gift cards to shops that sell basic necessities such as tents, sleeping bags and winter clothing. These will be handed out at our Night for the Homeless events in London. The math is simple…for every £5000 we raise we reach 150 homeless people.

To appreciate your potential impact read two stories from our 2017/18 winter events below.

We can’t wait to bring your donation to those who are fighting to stay alive daily. Our first winter event is on 15 Dec 2018.

If you are not in a position to donate then we’d love shout-out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram etc.

Street Success Stories

Our team who covered Oxford Street for our January event made an incredible difference to a homeless man’s life in less than a week. The team had a long chat with him and gave him the encouragement needed to get him to contact his estranged brother. The man used the £30 gift card we gave him to buy a mobile and minutes. He contacted his brother and within 2 days the brother had arranged for accommodation in a flat share. A huge win. One of the team members told him of a job opportunity at a company. A job interview arranged. He nailed the interview and got the job…and ended up being promoted within probation period. In 6 days, he went from the street to being housed and employed.

In Dec 2017 our Camden team met a homeless couple (G and L). G (male) was serving in the British Army in Afghanistan when a car crash took his wife and three daughters. His world crumbled…he lost job and home. L, his now female partner (then friend), stuck by him as his life disappeared like sand between his fingers. When our team met G he was undergoing chemotherapy on NHS. Sleeping on the streets…and receiving chemo. Two team members Mark and Marnie helped the couple with a deposit on a studio flat. With a roof over their heads L landed an office job and G landed a carpentry job. In only a few months this couple had a new path ahead of them.

We have heard many heart-breaking street stories over the years but often told by people with immense life spark. We have brought many smiles and hugs to those same people and we hope to bring many more this winter with your help.

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Dear friend, thanks to your generous support we have hit our target of £10,000 in record time!!! Simply amazing stuff. Given this success we are now looking to get to £15,000.

I have to admit every year we raise funds I am blown away by the kindness of those to decide to support our work.

We have also been on the receiving end of kindness from publisher Hay House. They have donated books to stimulate the minds and nourish the souls of our friends on the street. Big thank you!

A picture can be worth a thousand words. The picture below shows you the scale of impact your donation is having. Each dot is a homeless person who has (blue) or will this winter (red) receive support from Under One Sky.

Each year we give the homeless messages of hope and light from people all over the world. If you wish to contribute then just email me at mikkel.jueliversen@dignityentertainment.com with your message, first name and location. Then your message will end up in the hands of 500 homeless people to bring joy.

A few examples to inspire below:

I want you to know that regardless of your circumstances that someone will always be thinking about you. Your home, your life may differ from mine but we are all the same. Your dreams, hopes and aspirations are still alive, so keep hoping, dreaming and believing for nothing is impossible. Blessings TJ, London

Even though the situation you are in is not right stay confident in yourself keep believing in good things And never give up believing in yourself. I wish you love, health and strength XXX Juliette – Amsterdam

I will get back in touch when we have more big updates to share.

With heartfelt gratitude

Mikkel on behalf of Under One Sky xx
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Dear supporter, firstly thank you so much for donating to Under One Sky's winter campaign. The simple truth of the matter is - without you our work could not take place. It is great to have you on the team!

Yesterday was big for the campaign as we made it past the 50% funded mark in just 13 days which is amazing news. It's looking promising indeed!

Our campaign has been shared more than 400 times on Facebook, so the word is getting out. That in itself brings awareness around the issue of homelessness.

Two days ago our campaign video went live. It will show you our work in action and has a message from one of the three rough sleepers we helped off the street last winter. You can watch the video in this message or on your funding page.

I will get back in touch when we have more big updates to share.

With heartfelt gratitude

Mikkel on behalf of Under One Sky xx
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