Brighton band The Levellers donate thousands to homeless charity

Jim Deans and volunteers at Sussex Homeless Support with the night-shelter bus
Jim Deans and volunteers at Sussex Homeless Support with the night-shelter bus

The Levellers have donated almost £5,000 to Sussex Homeless Support (SHS), a community-run charity which runs a converted bus as a night shelter in Brighton.

Drummer Charlie Heather and bass guitarist Jeremy Cunningham will join charity founder Jim Deans at the Sunday Street Kitchen on Sunday (September 23), at the Clocktower in Brighton, to help serve more than 100 breakfasts to the homeless in the area between midday and 2pm.

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Bus transformed into night shelter

The £4,847 donation from the band was raised through guest list contributions at their annual Beautiful Days festival in Devon, and will go towards the charity’s work feeding and caring for the homeless in Brighton.

The Levellers, who formed in Brighton in 1988, said: “The band has followed the work of Jim Deans and his charity and wanted to give something back to the local community.

“This is such a worthwhile charity, working with all aspects of homelessness and poverty and helping people to turn their lives around.”

Brighton and Hove has the second largest homeless population in England after Westminster, and at the last count in November 2017, an estimated 178 people were sleeping on the city’s streets, a 24 per cent rise on the previous year.

Joining the The Levellers at the Sunday Street Kitchen will be LAWSTOP, a new legal practice based in the Old Steine.

LAWSTOP is set to offer legal services involving housing, community care, public law and education matters, which may include assistance with homelessness, possession, eviction and disrepair.

To find out more about Sussex Homeless Support, visit: www.sussexhomelesssupport.co.uk