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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 December, 2004, 07:48 GMT
Homeless charity's call for help
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The charity says Christmas is a hard time for homeless people
Londoners are being asked to help the city's young homeless on a leading charity's 35th anniversary.

Centrepoint, which has 16 hostels in London, needs to raise more than 200,000 in the next 10 days to accommodate 600 people over Christmas.

To reach the target, the Countdown to Christmas Appeal needs to raise a further 4,000 per day.

The first Centrepoint shelter was set up on 16 December 1969 in the basement of a Soho church, in central London.

Chief executive of Centrepoint Anthony Lawton said he was "confident" the charity would reach its target.

He said: "There are too many homeless people but in particular there are too many homeless young people.

"All of them, one way or another, are on a downward spiral and what we are doing is helping them build some foundations.

"Christmas is a time when it's particularly poignant for people, if they haven't got a home, or they've got problems about relationships with home, and it's a time when it looks as though other people have got a home, so it's particularly poignant."

Donations can be made via the charity's website.

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