We know that Christmas is a busy time of year, buying presents, celebrating with family… But sadly, this year, there will be young people who will be forgotten about and receive nothing. Young people like Ray.
This time last year, after the relationship with his family broke down, Ray found himself homeless. He wanted nothing more for Christmas, than to have a roof over his head, where he was safe. Instead, Ray was living in an abandoned car where he was bitterly cold, where he had nowhere to wash and barely anything to eat and subsequently fell seriously ill, being admitted to hospital with a kidney infection.
Thankfully, YMCA were able to provide Ray with a room last Christmas, and he received the support he needed to start to build a more stable future.
“The stability of having a room, and people who’ll support you, it changes your life. It means so much to know there’s somebody out there who cares, somebody who sees me as a human being and believes in me.” Ray
Ray, with support of YMCA, has been to college, and is now training to be a security guard. However, in the next few weeks we expect more than 3,000 young people will find themselves homeless, urgently needing respite, over the winter months.
That’s why, right now, YMCA needs your support to ensure we’re ready to help homeless young people like Ray this Christmas.
Please will you support our Christmas Wishes Appeal and help us to help more vulnerable, homeless young people like Ray to be safe, warm and welcome with YMCA this Christmas.
*Ray’s story is true, but we have changed his name and used a model to protect his identity