Watch Emma Thompson and Ellie Goulding recite powerful poetry to end homelessness

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Susan Devaney
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For a rising number of people the street is their home. On World Homeless Day celebrities have joined Crisis to call an end to it.   

On any usual commute for most, you’re guaranteed to pass someone sleeping rough in a doorway or park bench. And you’ll more than likely see another person camped out in a tent on the pavement.

In 2018, there are 8,108 people currently sleeping night after night on the streets in the UK due to homelessness.

And, earlier this week, a new report revealed that 449 homeless people have died in the UK over the past year – that’s more than one a day.

Which is why many celebrities have come together in a bid to tackle the issue with Crisis on World Homeless Day.

Reciting a powerful poem, written by Crisis’ staff member Stefan Gambrell who has himself experienced homelessness, the piece of poetry hopes to highlight the severity of the issue across Britain, with 236,000 people currently experiencing the worst forms of homelessness – the highest level of since 2010.

From Emma Thompson to Ellie Goulding and Jodie Whittaker, 20 different celebrities feature in the video, each delivering a line from If Everybody Is In – with the hope that politicians will act to end it now.

“I have worked with Crisis for several years and am resolute about the need to end homelessness in Britain,” said Goulding. “How can we rest until everyone has a safe place to call home? I would encourage everyone to get behind this campaign and write a letter to their MP asking for their support. If everybody is in, we might finally be able to put an end to the injustice of homelessness.”

Highly successful movements to end homelessness the US, Canada and Finland are already being carried out.

“Whether people are sleeping out on the streets or are hidden away in dangerous temporary accommodation, it is shocking that there are still those without a stable roof over their heads,” said Thompson. “We know homelessness can be ended – but only if we rise up and stand together will we truly turn the tide on homelessness. Join the campaign now and write to your local MP because together, we can end homelessness.”

You can get involved in the campaign here.

Images: Crisis