Trustee Linda gets stuck in

Sanctuary Trust Trustee, Mrs Linda Mills, is not one to sit on her hands. She loves to muck in where she can. This month, Linda has helped us distribute bottled water and sun cream during the hot summer days.
At the Sanctuary trust, we recognise local people with vulnerabilities associated with homelessness may be at increased risk from heatwaves. Higher rates of chronic disease (often poorly controlled), smoking, respiratory conditions, substance dependencies and mental illness are more frequent in homeless populations than in the general population.
These risk factors increase the risks of heat related morbidity and mortality, on top of social isolation, lack of air conditioning, cognitive impairment, living alone and being exposed to urban heat islands.”
For people sleeping on the streets, it can be a challenge to find drinking water, cool showers and cool spaces. Without safe storage, people are often wearing extra layers or carrying heavy bags all day
In addition to established risks, PHE warn that “COVID-19 amplifies the risk of hot weather… People at risk from high temperatures may also be vulnerable to COVID19 infection, and vice versa.” The impact of coronavirus restrictions may also pose new problems. People are likely to be spending more time indoors in small, hot rooms and, when outside, access to drinking water and air-conditioned public buildings has been restricted.
For these reasons, its even more important that we proactively engage with people to ensure everyone has access to essentials.
Linda Mills says ‘Its a privilege to be in the position of Trustee at The Sanctuary. Its good to go out to see the projects, and meet the people that we are in that position to help support. Accompanying the workers is the best way to do that. They are on the ground, day in day out, and know what is really needed.
Thanks for your support Linda, and thanks to our fantastic staff who take the time out on a weekend to do this most important work.

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