Shelter: Home Hope Song
This winter, housing and homelessness charity Shelter is aiming to host the UK’s biggest virtual carol concert. The concert will bring the nation together in song, as concert-goers show their support for people facing homelessness this winter.
The ‘Home Hope Song’ concert will be hosted in the candle-lit church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, where Shelter was founded in 1966. It will run for forty-five minutes, and be streamed via Shelter’s website. The service will be hosted by DJ and long-time Shelter supporter Edith Bowman.
Many Christmas traditions are unable to go ahead this year. But Shelter hopes that encouraging thousands of people and families to come together to create the UK’s biggest virtual carol concert can be a new moment of festive connection for the nation.
The service will feature the stories of people who have been supported by Shelter, as well as exclusive appearances from famous faces including Julie Walters, Stephen Fry and Robert Rinder. .
In England, hundreds of thousands of people - including families with young children - were already homeless when the pandemic first took hold - with a household becoming homeless every four minutes. The economic chaos of the pandemic means that many more people are facing homelessness for the first time this year; and some of them will be forced to sleep on the streets this winter.
The carol concert is an opportunity to sing together in solidarity with those experiencing or facing homelessness, as well as reflecting on the year gone by.