Homeless charity The Wallich, has announced an extended partnership with Leesa Sleep, the online luxury mattress company. Joining Leesa on World Homeless Day, to donate 17 custom made mattresses and to raise awareness, are local rugby stars Rob Evans, Aaron Shingler, and Keelan Giles.
The partnership comes on World Homeless Day to help raise awareness around the increasing number of people sleeping rough on Welsh streets. Reports from The Wallich reveal that an average of 40 people sleep on the streets of Cardiff daily. Local Council figures also show that rough sleeping is on the rise in Swansea (37%), with a 44% increase in estimated numbers of rough sleepers across Wales for the same period between 2015 and 2017. This is part of a wider issue, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) has found that 440 homeless people have died in the UK in the past year.
“We are pleased to be working with Leesa to raise awareness around homelessness in Wales said Mike Walmsley from the Wallich. “More needs to be done to show there’s a growing concern and we’re pleased that businesses like Leesa are eager to help. Together we can collectively make a difference to people’s lives.”
The Wallich provides accommodation, health and wellbeing support for people who are experiencing, or have experienced, homelessness along with those that are vulnerably housed. Founded in 1978 as a 20-bed hostel, The Wallich is Wales’ leading homelessness charity and has grown to 70 projects across 19 local authorities.
Leesa started supporting the Wallich in 2017 with a donation of 40 mattresses and today’s donation of 17 custom made mattresses is part of a wider pledge by Leesa to donate a further 434 mattresses to the charity.
“We’re on a mission to build a responsible and sustainable business that can continue to support organisations serving homeless or at-risk men, women and children. We have seen first-hand how a bed can help restore dignity and hope, helping make a better tomorrow,” said Richard Tucker, Managing Director Europe at Leesa Sleep. “The Wallich is a fantastic charity and we are truly honoured to have the opportunity to support them in their homelessness efforts. It’s with great pleasure that we’re able to extend our partnership and commit to a longer-term relationship where we can help raise awareness of the issue, as well as make a difference to peoples’ lives.”
To date, Leesa’s One-Ten programme has provided more than 30,000 mattresses to non-profit organisations across the world that serve people seeking refuge from homelessness, domestic risk and human trafficking.