Today I want to talk about homelessness and explain what a ScarfAThon is.

Back last December Mr A and I went Christmas shopping in Gloucester. We were strolling along one of the main shopping streets in town when we came across a small group of young men sleeping rough on the pavements. In the 20+ years I’ve lived here I’ve seen people begging before but never openly living on the streets.

I had some money left from our shopping so gave it to the one lad who was awake. I left them with a very heavy heart. Sad that I couldn’t do any more to help them. This feeling stayed with me in the days and weeks that followed.

Fast forward to last week and I saw a friend of mine had posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing a rather nice tee-shirt that he had purchased online. His tweet linked to a Twitter account so I clicked to have a look. I expected to see an account with a link to a shopping site, but I found far more than that.

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