A survey by the National Health Service has revealed that the average life expectancy of women sleeping rough in Hastings is just 43 years old, with men living until 47- some 30 years shorter than that of a housed citizen.
The Snowflake Shelter provides temporary accommodation, hot meals and companionship to hundreds of homeless people during the winter months, running from November to Mid-March, with guests being referred by local trusts such as the Seaview Project.
The charity, which was established in 2005, entirely relies on charitable donations and grants to continue its work, and has since appealed to university students to volunteer their time and to donate supplies; such as food, warm clothing and sleeping bags, with several donation bins located around the Hastings Campus.
In the last year alone, over 325 Homelessness applications have been made to Hastings Borough Council with only 138 of those being approved; leaving nearly 200 people to live on the streets this winter.
Volunteer your help at the Snowflake Shelter this Christmas.