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Wednesday 24 May 2017
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"I've never been happier"

Danielle with her family
Danielle (centre) is pictured with her fiancé and daughter

After leaving home following family problems, Danielle spent months moving around Norfolk and Essex trying to find accommodation anywhere she could. Just after her 18th birthday, Danielle found herself bedding down in a church doorway in Essex.


“After three weeks on the streets, my ex-partner went away and never came back. I spent five hours panicking that I was going to be on my own, but then London Street Rescue called me after a referral from the Connexions team based near to where I was sleeping. The staff from London Street Rescue asked how I was and I mentioned that I was on my own and I was scared. They promised me that they would call back, and at about 10pm they called, explaining that they had been able to get me into a night shelter in Whitechapel.


 “Over the month and a half that I was in Whitechapel, I made some wonderful friends that were in the same situation as me.”


Danielle found out she was pregnant and was able to move back into temporary accommodation.

After spending some time caring for her child in a Mother and Baby unit, she’s now almost 23 and living in a council house with her fiancé.


“I've never been happier. I've finally got everything I've ever wanted, I'm engaged, I have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter and my own home! I truly wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn’t for London Street Rescue, The Dellow Centre and Crisis Skylight, I will never forget what they all did for me.”


Sleeping rough is a dangerous. Some people are not as lucky as Danielle. London Street Rescue is out every night of the year helping people sleeping rough off the streets and into accommodation. If you know of someone sleeping rough you can tell StreetLink by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting www.streetlink.org.uk/tell-us-about-a-rough-sleeper

 

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