Nearly 85,000 children will be homeless in Britain this Christmas.
Eighty-five thousand. That's more children than the entire population of my home town.
It's not their fault if mortgages or rent can't be paid through illness, separation or redundancy, so their home is repossessed.
It's not their fault if councils won't lend the support their parents need.
It's not their fault if they're forced into temporary or low rent accommodation whilst their parents wait for social housing to become available.
It's not their fault that they are subjected to poor living conditions which affect their health and emotional well-being.
It's NOT their fault.
But these kids will still be homeless at Christmas.
exists so that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To do that, they need funds.
Stories for Homes is a book of short stories, written and produced with the sole intention of making a difference. The dedication inside reads 'To everyone who knows what it is to struggle and to those who work to make a difference.' The 63 authors involved - and a good many other folk besides - gave of their hearts and time to make the anthology a reality and in a small way, make a difference.
Today, in advance of the first launch event for the paperback at The Bookseller - Crow on the Hill (London) - on the 13th December, we are SHOUTING about this book all over the net.
Every penny of profit goes to Shelter to make a difference to someone who no longer has somewhere they can call home. Please, share Stories for Homes. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter it, link and like. Watch the video. Buy a copy if you haven't already. Pop into the launch in London on Friday evening, or visit Andover library at 2pm on the 18th December to hear some of it read.
Above all, make a difference - and let's find those 85,000 kids (and their families) somewhere they can call home.