A CHARITY which helps the homeless is appealing for support to fund its helpline after seeing a surge in demand.
Shelter has reported it has received more than 70,000 calls in the south east of England this year, an increase of 12 per cent from 2015.
The charity, which was founded 50 years ago, also say that nearly one in four cases were people who were homeless or within 28 days of losing their home.
Shelter is supported by Marks & Spencer, which will donate five per cent of every sale from its Food On The Move’ festive range to the charity.
Nadeem Khan, a helpline adviser for Shelter, said: ‘Every day at Shelter we speak to people faced with losing their home but when a parent calls us, desperate to keep a roof over their child’s head, nothing is more heartbreaking.
‘Our team of expert advisers work 365 days a year to make sure that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. If it wasn’t for the money raised by M&S customers, thousands of calls for help from people in the south east would go unanswered.
‘Something as simple as buying a sandwich this Christmas really could be the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it.’