On Thursday 1 March, London homeless and addictions charity, Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) is hosting a health and well-being MOT for rough sleepers.

TB, heart attack and stroke checks will be offered alongside other advice. Free haircuts, condoms, and a pop-up winter clothes store run by the SCT charity shops will also be present to give away coats, jumpers, socks and hats.

“This freezing week will bring on so many more health problems for the homeless. These health checks will help us identify those with bigger health issues so we can find out how we can better support them. The free clothes store will also mean that people can choose clothes and boots that actually fit them which makes a nice change.” Gary Davidge, Homeless Drop-in Manager, SCT.

SCT has been running a drop in serving food, drink and advice for the homeless since 1965.

In an average week the drop in serves more than 100 people. The charity is asking the public if they have coats, jumpers and socks in good condition to please donate them to any SCT charity shop.(1)

The MOT is kindly being sponsored by Skanska, the construction company who have been volunteering at SCT’s homeless drop-in for over five years


About the Spitalfields Crypt Trust

1. SCT charity shops can be found at: 589/591 Roman Road, E3; 285 Bethnal Green Road, E2; 34-36 Watney Market, E1; 12 Market Way, Chrisp Street Market, E14; 27 Whitechapel Road, E1; 670-672 Leytonstone High Road, E11 and 152 Barking Road, E16.

2. SCT is an East London charity providing practical help, support and training to people who have been homeless and suffering from addiction. It runs a homeless drop-in, rehabilitation hostel, personal development & training centre and a number of social enterprises to allow recovering addicts to gain work experience and training. The charity was one of the first in the UK to provide shelter and rehabilitation to homeless, alcoholic men.

3. Registered office: Acorn House, 116-118 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JN. Spitalfields Crypt Trust is registered in England and Wales and limited by guarantee. Registered Charity No. 1075947 Company No 37347930

4. Follow us on Twitter: @recoverypathway #SCT50 and facebook.com/recoverypathway

Please email communications@sct.org.uk