This World Homeless Day (Saturday 10 October), Emmaus Hull and East Riding is raising awareness and fundraising for two life-saving defibrillators.

Hull and West Hessle MP Emma Hardy backs the fundraising campaign and is a long-standing supporter of Emmaus Hull and East Riding.

The new equipment will help to provide emergency cardiac intervention to the homeless community in Hull and East Riding. At a cost of £1,000 each, they have set a total fundraising goal of £2,000.

Emmaus Hull and East Riding manage a Rough Sleeper Outreach team which is commissioned by Hull City Council and East Riding Council. The service has supported 204 new rough sleepers this year so far (Jan – Sept). The dedicated team are continuing to support rough sleepers through the national COVID pandemic into safe accommodation.

Outreach Manager Pierce Dundridge explained that “During our times out on the street we often come across people with health needs and have to find the nearest defibrillator.  This can be impossible if we have come across someone in a remote rural area. Having these pieces of equipment in both of our outreach vehicles would give the teams that added piece of mind that if the worst was to happen, we have the tools to potentially save someone’s life”.

MP Emma Hardy said that “It has been very difficult time for us all during the current COVID crisis, especially so for those unfortunate enough to find themselves homeless. 10th October is World Homeless Day, and I know that here in Hull Emmaus are doing some amazing work supporting rough sleepers such as raising funds for two defibrillators.

These defibrillators will provide vital medical care when responding to crisis situations when out supporting rough sleepers and the homeless, so I ask if you can, please get in touch with Emmaus Hull and East Riding and donate however much you can afford. This equipment will help to save lives.”

Donate to Emmaus Hull and East Riding’s World Homeless Day fund here.