In 1969 a Soho vicar opened up the basement of his church to offer shelter to young people sleeping rough in the middle of winter. Forty years on, Centrepoint helps 825 young people every day, giving them a safe place to sleep, supporting them out of homelessness and encouraging them to become "become resolute, resourceful and resilient."
Vicar, Ken Leech, had just £30 in his bank account when he set up Centrepoint. Today, it's an established and essential charity providing an impressive array of services across London ranging from emergency shelter to long term support. They offer help with general health issues, addiction, mental health and trauma, advise on debt and navigating the benefit jungle, provide specialist learning opportunities and help kids back into education as well as supporting those they've helped out of Centrepoint's services into an independent life.
Find out more about some of the charity's achievements over the last year and read some of the life stories that Centrepoint has been involved in. Then consider giving them the best birthday present by making a donation to Centrepoint today.