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All Sireena wants this Christmas is a place she can call home

When she was a kid, Christmas was warm, safe, and exciting for Sireena. She’d wake up at the crack of dawn, unwrap presents, and play with new toys. But now, that’s the sort of Christmas Sireena can only dream of giving her son.

Sireena became homeless after being evicted by her landlord. After a year of sleeping on friends’ sofas, Sireena was only offered a squalid one bedroom flat by the council.

The place had just a table-top hob and no drinking water. With nowhere to clean her and her son’s clothes or wash dishes, Sireena was left with no option but to do this on her knees in the shower.

With your support we can help homeless families like Sireena’s find a safe home

Determined to find a good place for her son, Sireena contacted Shelter. Shelter helped put in a formal complaint to the council and finally, thanks to the help of her support worker, Wafa, she was found a two-bed flat.

However, within weeks, the walls were dripping wet with damp, and everything in her son’s room became covered in a film of mould that would reappear every time she scrubbed it away.

This Christmas, there will be no room for a tree and the damp walls would ruin their presents anyway. It’s better than the streets, but she worries about her son’s health and they can’t stay there forever.

Sireena wants nothing more than to give her son the happy, secure childhood she remembers. With your help, we can keep working hard to stop children being forced to live in temporary accommodation this Christmas and get Sireena’s family back to a good place. Donate to Shelter today.

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I loved Christmas when I was a kid. I just want my son to have the same, a place that feels like home and presents to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Sireena

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