Shelter uses 'real' homeless in Christmas campaign

Shelter, the homeless charity, is launching a Christmas ad campaign using people who either have been or are being threatened with eviction, to expose how every two minutes someone in the UK faces losing their home.

Shelter: rolls out Christmas 2011 campaign
Shelter: rolls out Christmas 2011 campaign

Created by Arthur, the print and outdoor campaign features six people and families who were either homeless last Christmas or who are living under the threat of homelessness right now.

The text in the ads reads, "What happens now? Are we going lose everything? Where will we go? What's going to happen to my children?", and encourages readers to donate £5 to help keep a family in their home.

The campaign spans London Underground panels and print ads in national newspapers and magazines, over the next two weeks.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "The reality is that anyone can lose their home, and as the real stories featured in our new ad show, all it can take is one small thing to push people over the edge.

"Our new advertising campaign powerfully shows how the threat of homelessness is tearing families apart.

"We hope this new advertising campaign will encourage more people to support us so we can be there for all the people who will need us between now and Christmas."

In September Shelter appointed Manning Gottlieb OMD to handle its media planning and buying account.

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Shelter uses 'real' homeless in Christmas campaign