Fancy a little bit of philanthropy with your fashion?

Homelessness has risen substantially in recent years; rough sleeping across England has increased by 36% over three years, while in London the situation is yet more bleak with a 64% increase in the same period. So national homeless charity Crisis has launched a new t-shirt range as part of it’s wider fund raising activities. The new, sustainable line will go toward helping Crisis continue its work  to support vulnerable people across the UK.

Created in partnership with eco-fashion label Rapanui, all of the designs were created by Crisis members who have experienced homelessness themselves and are made from 100% cotton in a Fair Wear Foundation Audited factory and hand finished in the UK.

In fact, they are so ethically produced that you can even trace your garment back to the camel who transported the cotton – no joke.

The collection is £19 per design with all proceeds from sales going towards the charity’s work to end homelessness through housing, health, education and employment services for thousands of people across the UK.

There’s also a chance to design-your-own t-shirts, whether to personalise for yourself or purchase as a gift for a friend.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “Many of the homeless people who take Crisis classes and courses are incredibly talented artists. That shines through in their t-shirt designs which are now on sale to the public.”

[tweetability] “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot [/tweetability]

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This is the quote that adorns my T-shirt. I felt it just said exactly what Crisis is about. The light at the end of a tunnel, the chance to start a fresh – and as someone who feels they have lived many lives, I truly, truly believe in its sentiment.

Sales of these t-shirts will fund arts classes, CV writing workshops, Shakespeare performances, maths classes and much more – everything that people need to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good – so please get involved with this amazing project.

Alongside the various men’s and women’s t-shirt designs will be tote bags and hoodies for sale at www.crisis.org.uk/tshirts.

Get involved
If you want to get involved with Crisis, help spread the word online by joining in their #HomeToMe campaign – Crisis are asking members of the public to tweet them @Crisis_UK with the hashtag and tell them what home means to you.

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Thanks to the gorgeous Emma Hoareau from Lolitasaysso for taking the photos.

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.