A bed is not just a luxury item, it is a necessity ... no home should be without one!  Many people in our society do not have a bed of their own because they do not have a home of their own. The company MyLuxuryBed.co.uk has committed itself to donating 10% of its profits to providing funding for services that help homeless people.  

Why MyLuxuryBed want to help:

One evening, I called into a town-centre pub and noticed a man sitting alone with a shabby backpack on the floor beside him. The man looked to be in his late forties, was wearing several layers of jackets, and had a rough, neglected appearance. The pub was quite busy, so I asked if he minded if I sat at his table. He agreed and we began talking. He told me he was homeless and had no place to sleep that night. He had just arrived on the train from Hull and knew nobody in Darlington. 

He explained that his bag contained everything he owned. He had family up in Scotland, but having lost his job and unable to pay his rent, he had turned to alcohol, causing his family to turn him away. Having lost everything, 7 years ago he had boarded a train in the hope of finding a long lost love from his late teen years. With just a name to go on, he knew his chances of finding her were slim, but he was still looking!  Homeless, with nowhere to turn, he had survived across the years by begging, sleeping where he could, sometimes, he admitted, in police stations having been arrested. 

We talked until around 10:30pm. The pub closed at 11pm and I felt I wanted to help the man. I didn't know what to do. The only thing he seemed bothered about was buying more alcohol. He had nowhere to go, but instead of trying to find somewhere, he chose to blot everything out. It was a viscous downward spiral for this self-proclaimed 'piss head'. 

'Surely there's more to life than this' I thought. I tried calling hostels and support services, but they told me there was nothing they could do until morning; I felt helpless.  After numerous phone calls, at his request, I took him to the police station and left him there. I understand that through the Council's emergency duty team he was eventually found a bed in the 700 Club's Lodge. (I learnt subsequently that if I had called Streetlink they would have organized local help for him). 

By providing funding for homelessness charities, MyLuxuryBed are helping ensure that homeless people have options, and do not need to sleep on the streets. By buying your bed from MyLuxuryBed, you are helping to support the charities that give homeless people a future.