The cold weather has arrived - and sadly hundreds of people will be sleeping on the streets this winter. Now two businesswomen from Sussex have come up with an idea to help those without a home keep warm.
Gaynor Williams and Jenny Barrett have launched a campaign to help the homeless. They talk to Nashreen Issa.
Neighbours Jenny Barrett and Gaynor Williams have launched a pop-up campaign to help the homeless this Christmas. The two women from Hove have been asking Sussex residents to dig out their unused winter coats and jackets to help keep people living on the streets a little bit warmer this winter.
The super-quick campaign called Share the Warmth (Brighton and Hove Coat Collection) aims to capture Christmas goodwill for the cause and already has the support of the Big Beach Cafe and other local business people.
Gaynor, a freelance marketing consultant, said: 'We decided we'd need to get cracking as soon as possible and we've contacted as many people as we can. We've had lots of support already. Now we need people to look in their wardrobes and donate as many coats as they can.'
Coats, jackets and warm clothing can be dropped off at collections points in Brighton and Hove: Portslade Learning Centre, Big Beach Cafe, Drury Cafe, Tree of Life Centre, Walk in Wardrobe, Gelato Gusto, Honeycomb Cakes, Eaton Place Surgery and Langtons Hair and Beauty.
There will also be a collection at Brighton Railway Station on 19 December and at the Amex Stadium on 21 December.
Earlier this month, ITV News revealed that Brighton and Hove's homelessness problem had risen by a shocking 35 per cent in two years.
Today a significant step was taken to address the problem as more than 30 homeless people began moving into a development made out of old shipping containers which have been converted in to studio flats.
Charlotte Wilkins speaks to Richard, who's just moved in; Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust and Councillor Bill Randall, who's Chair of Housing at Brighton and Hove City Council.
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A sponsored sleep out by students at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh has raised at least £1,000 for homeless charity Crisis.
Thirty students and four staff spent a night in sub-zero temperatures with only boxes, bags and blankets for shelter.
The event took place on campus and was organised by the Student Committee who will be collecting donations until mid-April.
Student Committee president, Harry Spicer, said: “No-one here can imagine doing this every day. We’re well aware that our experience was a very tame version of a harsh reality and that we were fuelled by the energy and adrenalin of it all.
“I think it’s given us all the ability to empathise more, but we still don’t really understand what it’s like to be homeless. These are real people and they need a little bit of love and compassion.”
Converted shipping containers could be used as temporary accommodation for homeless men and women under plans to help ease a city's housing crisis.
The 36 adapted containers have been transformed into self-contained studio flats, and feature bathrooms, kitchens and plasterboarded walls.
The structures were designed for a social housing project in Amsterdam two years ago but the scheme had to be abandoned after hitting funding difficulties.
It is hoped they will instead be used as temporary homes in Brighton and Hove from late spring next year until a permanent roof can be found.
The Brighton Housing Trust and developer QED are to submit a planning application to the local city council for a central site featuring the modified containers with allotments on the roofs.
Andy Winter, chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust, said "imaginative solutions" were needed to deal with the "desperate" housing situation in the city.
Mr Winter said: "I have to admit that when it was first suggested to me that shipping containers be used for housing I was a bit sceptical.
"However, having seen what can be achieved, I was quickly won over. The WC and shower unit is exactly the same as my daughter had in her student accommodation and she much preferred it to having to share bathrooms and toilets with other students. Who wouldn't?
"What really excites me about this opportunity is that land that might otherwise lie idle for five years will be brought back into life and used to provide much-needed temporary accommodation for 36 men and women."
When the site comes to be redeveloped, the containers can be transferred to other locations.