This winter I want to try and raise awareness of just how many poor people there are forced to sleep rough on the streets and for the most part they've done nothing to deserve their ill fate, maybe they fell out with someone in the past or made a bad decision with their business but nobody deserves what they go through on a daily basis and it's bad enough in the summer months, but the winter must be fucking unbearable for them and I cannot believe we never hear about frozen people being found in our parks and doorways, but maybe they are and it's covered up?
If you think about the prison system today in this country, no matter how bad the crime you have committed, you have a bed, hot meals, clean water, access to medical treatment, access to mental health treatment, an allowance, hot water and bathroom facilities, entertainment and educational facilities.
Now consider someone who lost their business, home and life through a couple of lousy decisions, or because someone somewhere else did, or maybe the bank ripped his heart out, he has none of the things listed above, they are suffering far worse than any prisoner in this country, and for what crime? Being poor hungry and helpless?
I will myself and my family be making an extra effort this year to collect and distribute warm clothing and food/drink to the needy, we all have clothes that we don't wear or don't fit or we don't like any more that could seriously SAVE someone else's life, we can't all offer a bed or even money, but we can all offer something , no matter how small, make this year the year we make some sort of difference, because I dread to think of people sleeping outside in minus temperatures, howling winds and pouring rain.
Just imagine for one second sleeping on a concrete pavement one night whilst it freezes around you. Imagine the thought of never knowing when things were going to get better, never having ANYTHING to look forward to, and knowing it's only early December and you've still got 3 months of shit to go! How agonising.
So please I beg you, this year, make an extra effort, some clothes, a sleeping bag, even if it's just a sausage roll from greggs! Just because David Cameron and his band of crooks and cronies don't give a shit, doesn't mean that we shouldn't! If want to be a community again we need to start looking after our own, and that includes everyone on the Island, no exceptions, not one.
Thanks for your time!