PRESS RELEASE; 19/04/2016



Over the last 12 months The Hull Homeless Community Project have successfully ran projects assisting people settling into independent living after being homeless – and are now again in the position to be able to help, but this time it’s a deserving young family in their hour of need.

Lee and his 2 young children (who cannot be named) found themselves in the horrific position of being homeless after their family unit broke down. Lee who is an ex forces Royal Navy Veteran who has served this county proudly and is now suddenly, and unexpectedly the sole carer of his children aged 10 and 12. Sadly Lee has not had access the the children for over a YEAR due to circumstances beyond his control, so this is a steep learning curve for all of them. He has had to give up work to be a full time parent, try and rebuild his children’s lives and together move forward as a family in a safe and stable environment.The family have been struggling to come to terms with everything that has happened this year since Christmas and this is been intensified by their precarious living situation and financial hardship.

Today Andrew and Caroline from #HHCP and Clare representing Tesco St Stephen’s  (Hull) met with Lee and spent a lovely but emotional few hours together and it was evident straight away there was a clear need for HHCP as a charity to offer their support to the family. THE HULL HOMELESS COMMUNITY PROJECT were first contacted by teachers at one of the children’s schools who wanted to make the referral after hearing the family’s heartbreaking story and supporting them thus far tremendously.

Caroline from HHCP said today about this latest project;

“it’s a terribly heart breaking situation to be in, I can’t imagine how scary it must be for Lee and the children. We are determined to help them make a truly spectacular fresh start, Lee’s story has really affected me this week and we’re all excited to make a difference to what has been a really awful time for them”.

After just over a month of nowhere to live and having to survive at the mercy of others in a tiny B&B single room the family have found a house to live in, they have been in the new house in North Hull just over a week now, however they have to start again with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This is where HHCP and the kind generous people of Hull come in, meeting today with Lee and listening to their story was “heartbreaking” said Clare the community champion and so Tesco St Stephens are proudly supporting this project with donations and manpower, today they brought along a very generous food parcel gift from the store.

The house is in desperate need of tidying up and much decorating is required, they need furniture, linen, accessories, garden tidying, and they need your help to do it. They intent to help make this a HOME for this vulnerable and deserving family.

#HHCP and #Tesco are calling on ALL trades and volunteers, business and suppliers to lend their support to a TRUE HERO in his hour of need and help give him and his children the fresh start they deserve.

They have just over a week to organise this daunting project, with 3 days set aside to do the work, decorating and moving etc which will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 28th – 30th next week.

For more information or to offer your support please contact the team at –  info@hullhomeless.co.uk or visit their website hullhomeless.co.uk

*HHCP is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)

*Founded in 2010 by Andrew smith and his two children, the charity now has a fully functioning board of trustees and team of volunteers.

*HHCP last week announced their exciting new partnership with Home From Home Petcare Ltd  and  Hessle Dog Rescue Service in swanland to provide free short term care and micro chipping to homeless the homeless dogs of hull.