Sometimes death is the only way out of homelessness. The terrible reality is that a homeless young person is twice as likely to die, and with an estimated 15,000 young people without a home over Christmas we desperately need your donation right now.
Living on the streets for so long wrecked Johnís physical and mental health. Eventually he turned to drink. He became an alcoholic and started self-harming. Finally, he decided to kill himself. (Read more about John here)
Anything could have happened - an overdose, a deadly assault, she could have been raped like so many other homeless young people. But the drink and the drugs seemed her only way to escape the terror of homelessness. (Read more about Amy here)
Her earliest memory is of being beaten black and blue by her dad when she was just three years old. Sophie was eventually placed in foster care and began to put her past behind her. Then, tragically, her foster mum died suddenly and Sophie found herself on the streets almost overnight. (Read more about Sophie here)
But miracles do happen.
John, Amy and Sophie were saved when they were brought to Centrepoint and given rooms in our hostels. If that hadnít happened, they could so easily be dead, just like Lucy.
So there is hope.
But it relies on the generosity of people like you. Just £15 would help give a young person a warm, safe room and the support and counselling they need. By making a donation today, you could ensure that another young person lives to see tomorrow.
Homelessness is deadly, but there is another way out. Please save a life this Christmas.