As part of its fundraising activities, the homelessness charity Shelter organises numerous events across the country. Shelter’s Sleep Walks are among the charity’s most popular events, with participants from all walks of life. Taking place at night and following a 10 KM route across Manchester, the fundraiser drew large crowds in its inaugural event last year. The charity’s other fundraising activities include nationwide sky dives and gruelling ‘Spartan’ races. As well as the exciting London-based Thames Path Challenge and a triathlon. While these activities are quite rigorous and not for the feint hearted, the Sleep Walks appeal far more broadly.
As discussed in a previous post, Shelter campaigns to cease homelessness and support people in bad housing. The charity offers free advice and support on a range of matters related to housing, which include:
- Private renting
- Tenancy deposits
- Mortgage repossession
- Council housing
Located in the heart of the City Centre, Shelter’s Manchester office can be found on Ogden Street. From there, the charity provides access to a team of advisers and solicitors, who remain at the ready. A drop-in service is provided, while appointments are made for those arriving at busy times.
Shelter’s Manchester wing has enjoyed considerable support from celebrities who have praised the charity’s arduous efforts in the city. Celebrity participation in Shelter’s fundraising activities and outreach initiatives has become a common site in Manchester. Actor Rod Bond has worked closely with the charity. The A-list Hollywood actor shadowed Shelter in preparation for his role in Ridley Scott’s 2016 hit, Homeless Millionaire. Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have also supported the cause of the homeless in Manchester. After purchasing the old Manchester Stock Exchange building, with plans to convert it into a hotel, the pair allowed a group of homeless to take shelter there.