Shell UK is supporting a homelessness charity near its London offices, so it can continue to provide vital services under ‘lockdown’. Monthly financial donations from Shell are being used to provide up to 1,000 meals a day to the homeless, many of whom are now housed in temporary accommodation.

The charity – called The Connection at St Martin’s – made the difficult decision to close its own day and night centres for the homeless at the outset of COVID-19. This was because of the risk of the virus spreading among people spending time in close proximity.

Instead the charity has been working with local councils to find accommodation for its clients in empty hotels and B&Bs so they can safely social distance. The Connection has also taken on the new challenge of delivering regular meals to clients now housed in multiple locations.

Ben Benton from The Connection said: “Shell’s donation is providing a lifeline to London’s homeless, many of whom are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because of their poor physical health after years of sleeping rough.

“Because a number of our clients are having to self-isolate, we now need to provide and deliver three meals a day to their temporary accommodation – which is hugely resource intensive. The donation from Shell is helping us to keep them safe and healthy while we get through this difficult time.”

Shell has a longstanding relationship with The Connection stretching back more than 15 years.  

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