Jan 13, 2018
One of our very own Biscuits came across a man in the week who was sat out in the street with people passing him by. She commented that he was so cold he had frost visible on his face. As he has a dog, he is unable to access any of the homeless shelters, plus because he has a history of alcohol and substance abuse, he is trying to stay away from places where he might get drawn back into that lifestyle again.
Our agent bought him a fleecy sweatshirt and a couple of blankets in the sales at one of the main highstreet stores and gave him £10 to buy some food with. She said he burst into tears as she handed him the sweatshirt, she'd only paid £5 for it, but to him it meant so much more. She also gave him some food for his dog. Hopefully she'll be able to help him access some local support to assist him get into accommodation of some kind that will also allow him to take his dog with him. Until that happens, he will stay on the streets with his dog, as having his dog with him has at times literally kept him alive.
Sep 24, 2017
One of our biscuits yesterday came across a young pregnant woman, homeless and living on the streets. She literally had nothing. We took her along to a homeless shelter in the town where she was, and requested she be given a bed for the next five weeks, and that the Biscuit Fund would meet the costs of that. It would have been £275, but they reduced the cost to £225, and agreed to help the young woman access benefits and be put forward and supported towards becoming housed.
Feb 22, 2017
A couple when they were made homeless placed their children with the woman's mother for safekeeping to keep them off the streets. They hadn't seen their children since last year, so we agreed to send across £30 to cover the return train fare for both Mum and Dad, and also a small amount to purchase some gifts for the children.
Jan 19, 2017
Our agent told us today of a man she had come across as part of her work supporting the homeless in her hometown. This man had driven up from another part of the country to try to find family. He had ended up giving away his car, his laptop and all his clothes apart from those he stood up in, and had been living street homeless for the past two weeks. He realised that he needed serious help with his mental health and asked for help. So our agent secured him mental health intervention in his hometown, she just needed to get him home again. This is where we come in, we agreed to pay the £20.60 for his train fare home and a small extra sum of money to purchase some food. A volunteer agreed to travel with him to make sure he got back safely and was met by the crisis team at the other end.
Dec 29, 2016
Our agents told us of a man who had been attending a Christmas Crisis centre for meals and stayed for both nights that the accommodation was provided. He has been sleeping rough, in his sleeping bag with no shelter at all. A friend had offered him the chance to share his tent, but it was filled with this friend's belongings, and our agent could forsee this could cause problems. We agreed a sum of £70 to be put towards purchasing him a double skinned two man tent, which one was found for £50 in the sales, and the remaining £20 being put towards purchasing some essential items for him. Hopefully having the tent will mean he can stay dry, even if staying warm is more difficult, especially given how cold it has been just lately. In the long term, hopefully he will be able to secure permanent indoor accommodation.
Our agent got back in touch to let us know this
"He was so happy and the tent is epic
When he told me his story, and I said "there maybe a solution to this....leave it with me" He didn't think I was telling the truth xx
He's so utterly happy and when I gave him the tent went all silly on me x He just couldn't cope as didn't believe x
He's off shopping today for supplies with the remainder £20 and for a man that didn't smile before he is now xx
Thank you so much "
Thank you to everyone that has donated this year to The Biscuit Fund, without your help, none of this would be possible.
Dec 27, 2016
Our agent told us of a homeless man who had lost his award of employment support allowance and with it his housing benefit, so was evicted from his home. He came to attention when he stayed with a homeless project over the Christmas period. Turns out he has extremely ulcerated legs from standing and walking constantly. In fact the two nights he stayed at the Christmas homeless shelter was the first time in 3 months he had slept laying down. He's spent the last 18 months sleeping rough in a church porch. He had fought with the assistance of a local to him advocacy group to get his ESA reinstated, but his local authority were unprepared to help him with housing to get him off the streets, and the advocacy group closed down. Our agent, with the help of the Christmas Homeless Project managed to find somewhere for him to live, that will be prepared to accept housing benefit for the rent. We were glad to help out with the £200 necessary to cover the deposit. Hopefully he will now be able to be somewhere safe and warm, where he can begin to recover.
Dec 24, 2016
Our agent that provides some Christmas Cheer for the homeless each year in the area she lives, this year decided that not only would they put on the Christmas Dinner which is always very welcome, but she would with help put together some small hampers of goodies. This would mean each person would receive a small hamper of nice goodies to take away with them. Nothing big, some smellies, nice care packages really with some sweets and chocolate. She already had the funds to provide 45 of the boxes, so we sent across £225 to cover the remaining 45 boxes, so she'd have 90 hampers in all.
Dec 7, 2016
A young man in his 30s crossed our radar today. His back and pelvis is smashed, he is incontinent and a wheelchair user. The bag he uses to help with the incontinence is leaking, which is causing him distress. Our agent is sourcing a replacement bag for him to use, however he was absolutely desperate for some warm clothing. We sent across £110, and with the help of the agent, a warm coat, thermals, teeshirts, jumper, pants and socks were purchased, along with some toiletries to help him stay clean. Packs of wipes are useful for when he is unable to access washing facilities. Our agent, who stated how shocked she was at his condition, being a wheelchair user and living rough too, she would access help for him to try to get him to a place of warmth and safety.
It has been so cold, so these warm clothes will help him stay a bit warmer tonight. Also hopefully, some accommodation can be found, as living on the streets is unsuitable for anyone, especially someone totally dependent on a wheelchair.
Dec 6, 2016
We received the brilliant news that a homeless man we knew about had finally been offered accommodation that would take him away from being homeless, living on the streets. Unfortunately, due to initial set ups of moving into the flat, his bank account was unexpectedly debited by a cost he wasn't expecting to happen. As it was by direct debit and the company concerned maintained that he knew about it, they were not prepared to refund the money. This action left this man without any money for gas or electricity, so he was unable to have any heating on or cook any food. We agreed to send over a sum of £50 to allow him to add some credit to his energy meters and warm up his new home.
Nov 4, 2016
A man we had helped before with practical support had found himself homeless after his relationship with his family broke down. Our agent was liaising with his local authority to try to get some temporary accommodation sorted out for him, but for now he was staying with his Mum, sleeping on her sofa, but was unable to offer anything for food, which she couldn't afford herself to provide. We sent across £100 to pay for food and much needed toiletries.
Oct 26, 2016
A man we had been aware of before and had been offered practical help with getting off the streets had finally been offered a place of his own to live, as well as being awarded custody of his daughter. Our contact had organised the white goods and practical items of furniture, but this man has really bad COPD and the freezing cold flat was making his health worse. A couple of huge carpets had been found that would be suitable, plus there was someone standing by who could arrange to have them fitted if we could provide the funds to purchase them. We agreed to cover the cost of both carpets, so £130 was sent across to allow this to happen.
Oct 13, 2016
Our contact had been contacted to say that someone she was working with had sustained a knife attack, leaving him with a slashed face. She arranged to meet him in a public place and when she got there, he had just been attacked again, which she assisted the Police with.
He has been living on the streets, accompanied by his very well behaved dog. Our contact has been working with this man's local authority to get him off the streets and into housing, even if temporary housing to begin with, an appointment has been booked for this weekend. She had found somewhere for him in the next town to go to for a few nights, to get off the streets and be able to feel safe for the first time in ages. We agreed we would cover the cost for four nights in bed and breakfast accommodation, at a location that would allow him to take his dog along with him.
In the end it was possible to pay for him to stay in safe accommodation for four nights and also to have some spare money to buy some shoes as well.
Sep 4, 2016
An easy one for us, we sent £50 to a charity that regularly feeds the homeless in their area with a hot meal, to help to keep up their spirits, keep them fed and show that someone does care. They used the money to buy 200 sausages, some vegetables, potatoes and gravy. Such a small sum of money making a huge difference to so many lives. All thanks to your donations that goes to help organisations like this that are working literally out on the streets of the UK.