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TV’s George Clark joins Shelter’s Tower 42 ‘vertical rush’ to help Tower Hamlets homeless families

PUBLISHED: 17:53 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 22 January 2018

For the daring... a dash up Tower 42 in Broad Street to help Shelter raise £300,000 for its work tackling London's homeless crisis. Picture source: Google

For the daring... a dash up Tower 42 in Broad Street to help Shelter raise £300,000 for its work tackling London's homeless crisis. Picture source: Google

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Dashing to the top of this 42-storey City tower could help nearly 2,000 families registered homeless in Tower Hamlets who are in temporary accommodation.

Volunteers in Whitechapel getting food ready for the homeless in Muslim Aid's 'Winter Warm Hearts' campaign.
Picture: Ben StevensVolunteers in Whitechapel getting food ready for the homeless in Muslim Aid's 'Winter Warm Hearts' campaign. Picture: Ben Stevens

Shelter, the national charity based in Old Street, wants volunteers to make a dash up the 430ft high office block behind Bishopsgate to help raise £300,000 to tackle London’s homeless crisis.

The dash-for-cash is backed by TV presenter George Clark from Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and Ugly House to Lovely House shows.

“It’s upsetting to hear that so many children are living in temporary accommodation,” he said. “People’s lives are being turned upside down, unable to keep up with high housing costs. The number of families forced to live in Tower Hamlets hostels and emergency B&B is a third higher than five years ago.”

He has already made it up “the staggering 932 steps” in just nine-and-half minutes in a previous dash at the iconic Tower 42 skyscraper in Broad Street.

Homelessness isn't new to the East End... Outreach charity workers seek out those on the street in a night shelter operation in 2012. Picture source: Rhythm of LifeHomelessness isn't new to the East End... Outreach charity workers seek out those on the street in a night shelter operation in 2012. Picture source: Rhythm of Life

This year’s dash-for-cash is on March 15 with 1,000 volunteers expected to sign up.

A family is made homeless in London every 39 minutes, says Shelter. The charity runs a housing advice line for the homeless and anyone with housing problems, 8am-8pm weekdays and 9am-5pm weekends, all year round, on 0800-800 4444.

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