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 https://www.offthefence.org.uk/hygiene-for-allcountry 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