Search

Graveyard sleep-out to fund shower for Havering’s homeless

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 June 2014 | UPDATED: 19:07 03 June 2014

Ken Green, 64, from Hornchurch, after a night sleeping rough outside St Andrew's Church (Picture: Peter Barrett/iWitness)

Ken Green, 64, from Hornchurch, after a night sleeping rough outside St Andrew's Church (Picture: Peter Barrett/iWitness)

Archant

Churchgoers spent a night among the headstones in a Hornchurch graveyard on Friday to raise money for a shower for the homeless.

Six parishioners lasted the cold night outside St Andrew’s Church with little but a sleeping bag, a small fire and a desire to raise awareness about the plight of Havering’s rough sleepers.

“The worst time was in the morning, at about five because the dew was settling and it was very very cold,” said 70-year-old Chris Felstead, one of the six out of seven who stayed out from 9pm until around 6am.

“I can understand some people not wanting to do it - but some people have to.”

He added that with the church bell ringing hourly, “none of us got a night’s sleep”.

“We all heard the bell, we all felt very uncomfortable lying on the ground, we all realised how tought it is.”

In conjunction with Hope4Havering (H4H), Mr Felstead and his fellow rough sleepers’ mission is to build a shower in the disabled toilet of one of the charity’s Hornchurch centres . So far around £2,000 has been pledged.

Every night, some 15 homeless people are left with no choice but to sleep one of the H4H shelters dotted around the borough.

A shower at one would make it slightly easier for them to “face the world”, said Mr Felstead, of Grey Towers, Hornchurch.

With funds pledged, the plan is to begin work in late July, though a completion date is unconfirmed because the job could be complex.

H4H has been operating in the borough since 2011, housing and supporting vulnerable homeless people.

The Christian charity has already helped more than 120 this year, but relies on donations to keep going.

• Visit www.hope4havering.org/support-us/donate to help out.

Read more:

Homeless charity, Hope 4 Havering opens new shop, The Treasure Box, in Romford

Residents to sleep rough in Romford to raise awareness of homelessness

Latest Romford News Stories

17:21

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing teenager who frequents Romford Ilford and Chigwell.

Havering’s brilliant young people have been rightly recognised at last night’s fantastic Jack Petchey Awards.

A young entrepreneur who started his console repair and modifying business at just 16 years old, says he’s “the best” at what he does.

The borough’s engineering hopefuls look set to receive a huge boosts to their futures as plans for an £11m Havering College construction centre have been unveiled.

In the first in a series of monthly health specials, we look at north east London’s healthcare and discuss with local experts the biggest challenges it faces.

Yesterday, 15:43

Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has blasted a housing association’s “constant failure to provide quality services” after Orchard Village residents were left without running water for almost 24 hours.

Yesterday, 15:13

Tube drivers are to stage a 24-hour strike next month after voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over working conditions.

Yesterday, 12:51

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now