Melissa Kerschen (Thomas's Battersea)
Glass Door Homeless Charity

Helping the Homeless in Four London Boroughs

Glass Door was founded twenty years ago when several churches in Chelsea came together to open their doors and offer shelter, hearty food, and a genuine warm welcome to homeless people one night a week each. 

The charity has grown enormously and last winter twenty nine churches opened their doors one night a week each to provide four night shelter circuits for the homeless in four London boroughs (Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth and Richmond) giving them somewhere to sleep every night of the week. This winter, subject to the funding being raised, another new circuit will be launched in Kensington and Chelsea.

On Friday 4th October, hundreds of people are expected to join Glass Door’s annual mass sponsored sleep out in Duke of York Square, Chelsea. Since 2013 over 1,100 individuals have slept out raising more than £1m.

Glass Door offers the largest open-access winter shelter in the country offering spaces on a first-come first-served basis, not requiring those seeking shelter to fill in complicated forms. This year Glass Door is hoping to raise £200,000 from the Sleep Out. It costs just £23 to provide each guest with a safe, warm place to sleep, a hot dinner, breakfast and a warm welcome.

Glass Door is looking to recruit at least 400 fund raisers who will give up their beds on the night of Friday 4th October 2019. Pre-registration is essential. Although there is no registration fee, the charity encourages participants to aim to raise around £500 in sponsorship. 

If you would like to take part do get in touch.

Directory Offer: Chance to Sleep Out in Duke of York Square to help the homeless.

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For two years in a row 100% of respondents said they would do the Sleep Out again.

Eddie was a guest of the charity's shelters eight years ago and credits Glass Door with turning his life around. "Workers and volunteers of the charity showed me kindness, a kindness I had never seen before. I started to believe that a different kind of future was possible," says Eddie. After 26 years of sleeping rough, he is now off the street and works for Glass Door as an overnight project worker. Previous guests often return to volunteer at the Sleep Out and in the shelters.