Posted: Mon 19th Dec 2022

JD Cymru Leagues support for Shelter Cymru’s #NoHomeKit

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 19th, 2022

Football leagues in Wales are once again supporting the national #NoHomeKit campaign taking place across football in England and Wales.

Shelter Cymru are asking clubs and fans in Wales to ‘ditch their home shirt’ for their games over the festive period to raise awareness of the housing emergency.

Homelessness, and the housing crisis in general, is reaching a critical point as the cost of living crisis hits hard.

In the last year Wales has seen the highest rent rises in the UK outside London, while housing benefits have flatlined.

1 in 4 people in Wales fear they will become homeless within a year.

Thousands of people will be spending Christmas in dingy hostels, on friends’ sofas, or even sleeping in freezing cars, something that Shelter says it can’t ignore.

Rent has skyrocketed, people are unable to pay their energy bills, are cutting back on grocery essentials and are relying on food banks.

Employment is no safety net; those in work are also becoming poorer, fighting to keep a roof over their families’ heads.

Clubs in the JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South will get involved in the campaign in their fixtures on December 26 & 27.

Kerys Sheppard, Head of Fundraising at Shelter Cymru, said: “Last year it was fantastic to see fans and teams across Wales come together to fight the housing emergency.”

“By taking part in No Home Kit in 2022, the football community will once again harness the unifying power of the game and do something special to help those facing and experiencing homelessness in Wales.”

“Our frontline services are braced for an incredibly tough winter as the cost of living crisis bites, with 1 in 4 people in Wales afraid they may become homeless within a year.”

“In these challenging times, it’s brilliant that so many teams and fans are stepping up and supporting #NoHomeKit this Christmas.”

“Whether you are watching at the ground or following along from home this Christmas, join the movement fighting to defend the right to a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone.’”

  • Get involved by swapping your home colours for an away or third kit and text ‘HOME’ to 70480 to donate £10. You can also follow this link to donate.”

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