Home­less con­trib­ute to new chil­dren’s book

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

Rough sleep­ers in Can­ter­bury have contributed to a chil­dren’s book about home­less­ness.

Called Har­ble­down Hope, the il­lus­trated book was launched at home­less char­ity Catch­ing Lives’ open cen­tre in Sta­tion Road East on Tues­day.

It cen­tres on the life of an ur­ban fox called Har­ble­down.

Vol­un­teer Sian Mur­ray Wil­liams said: “Catch­ing Lives’ home­less clients, and other mem­bers of our lo­cal com­mu­nity, have writ­ten and il­lus­trated a story for chil­dren based on the ex­pe­ri­ences of the home­less through the eyes of an­i­mals.

“The choice of the ur­ban fox called Har­ble­down for the main char­ac­ter has been cen­tral to this. Right from the be­gin­ning this was a char­ac­ter that many can re­late to and en­ables them to bring in their own ex­pe­ri­ences, the ups and downs of home­less life and the emo­tions and trauma en­dured by our com­mu­nity.”

Catch­ing Lives has made a video about sleep­ing rough in Can­ter­bury. See it at https:// tinyurl.com/catch­inglives

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4955261

Sam Hi­gen­botham, whose art­work is fea­tured on the cover

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