As I got out of the car, an elderly homeless man, barely able to walk, was crying. I stopped and asked him if I could help. He asked for some water and then cried again saying he was sorry to have to ask me for anything. I got him water, some food that was light enough to carry gave him the items and five dollars and got into my car and burst into tears.
Rough sleeping is on the rise nationally - up 31% over the last two years - with new figures in London also showing a rise in the capital over the past year. At St Mungo's we asked former rough sleepers to interview 34 people, men and women, who had all slept rough over the last 12 months. They said it often doesn't take much for someone to end up on the streets.