According to Thames Reach, 8,096 individuals were reported sleeping rough in London across the course of the past year, a rise of 7% over last year. 65% of these, or 5,276, were seen sleeping rough for the first time in London.

Thames Reach is a London-based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Their vision is to end street homelessness.

Dexters chose Thames Reach as a recognised charity Partner in 2013. Sarah Barrett, Dexters People and Communications Director, explains: “Like Thames Reach, we’re passionate about London and helping to fight homelessness on the streets of the capital, so there’s a strong affinity between the two organisations. We raise money through things like our own version of Great British Bake Off and sporting events. Colleagues also regularly call the StreetLink service where you can let the team know someone is sleeping rough so that person won’t spend a second consecutive night on the street.” 

Thames Reach says the support of its corporate partners like Dexters enables it to deliver valuable services that otherwise would have to close.