In the last two years the number of people sleeping rough on Britain’s streets has risen by nearly a third.
According to the homeless charity 'Crisis', here in the East the figures are also on the rise.
In Ipswich, the winter night shelter is in its third year.
From now until the beginning of March, seven town centre churches, each with their own volunteers, will take it in turns to cover one night of the week, taking in twelve people who would otherwise have to sleep rough.
Volunteers at the shelter regularly give up their time to provide a clean, warm bed and a hot meal for those in need.
Last year 42 people used the various shelters throughout the three month winter project.
Thee Ipswich Winter Night Shelter will be open on Christmas and Boxing day.
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