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Catching Lives appeals for donations as first Heat Health Alert of the year issued

Catching Lives Canterbury garden
The Catching Lives day centre garden in sunny weather

Catching Lives is appealing for donations as the first Heat Health Alert of 2024 has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency.   

A yellow heat health alert with temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius until Thursday has been issued for most of the UK. 

People experiencing homelessness, especially rough sleepers, are among those most vulnerable to the adverse effects of hot weather and are at higher risk of developing heat-related illnesses including sunstroke.  

Tasmin Maitland, Chief Executive of Catching Lives, said: “During the first sustained period of hot weather in 2024 we would really urge people to remember and look out for people experiencing homelessness during this time.  

“Rough sleepers are among those most at risk of dehydration, sunburn or heat-related illnesses, but with some support this can be easily prevented.  

“We are accepting donations of refillable water bottles, small bottles of water, sun cream and baseball caps or sun hats at our day centre in Station Road East, which we can hand out to our clients as we are open seven days a week.  

“Thank you to our supporters for their continued support.”  

How to help people sleeping rough in hot weather  

Follow guidance from Homeless Link for members of the public who want to help someone on the street:

Check if they are happy to accept items such as water, sunscreen, food etc. 

Ask a nearby café if they will let you ‘pay it forward’, purchasing items for the person to collect.  

Help the person to send a StreetLink alert or find a local support service, such as Catching Lives.  

The NHS advises four things that you can do to cool someone down:  

1. Move them to a cool place.  

2. Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.  

3. Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.  

4. Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good too.  

If you want to donate sun cream, caps, sun hats or small bottles of water to Catching Lives, please bring them to our day centre in Station Road East between 9am and 4pm any day of the week. You can also donate financially here.

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