Sophie and Off The Fence

Sophie and Off The Fence

Every year, each Mooncup team member is given a share of the Mooncup funds to donate to a charity of their choice. Sophie, one of our Sales Coordinators, shares her choice here:

Rough sleeping in the UK has increased by 165% since 2010 (Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, 2019).

In a 2017 survey, 67% of the homeless in Brighton reported at least one preventable health condition and 34% reported that their health condition contributed to unemployment and difficulty handling daily living. The risk of death is 8 times higher in people who experience these conditions. (Off the Fence website)

Off the Fence are a Hove-based charity running projects providing key services for homeless people, such as:

  • Sleeping bags and clean clothes
  • Food and hot drinks
  • Hygiene items
  • Hot showers and laundry services
  • Information, signposting and referrals
  • Help with paperwork and form filling
  • Key worker support
  • Courses and workshops
  • Dental and podiatry care
  • NHS support and haircuts

Despite being a small city, Brighton and Hove is in the top 10 in the for rough sleepers and may have the biggest street sleeping problem outside of London (The Big Issue, 2019).

Read more about Off The Fence on their website