At various points in my youth, I had nowhere to call home. Having run away to London just before I turned 15, I'd sleep on friends' sofas, or do a spell in a friend's squat, stay in relationships longer than I should purely in order to keep a bed, or move from place to place every few weeks with my clothes in a holdall. I was what Centrepoint calls "The Hidden Homeless". It was, to be blunt, absolutely shit.
Consequently, the fact that I now have a nice house, central heating, running water, soft blankets, clean sheets, a washing machine, cooker, telly, fridge and storage, blows my mind on a daily basis. Having a home signalled a huge change in my fortunes. I got plenty of sleep, ate properly, washed properly, felt much less anxious, ashamed, vulnerable, worried and scared. I felt safe, comfortable, able to focus on building a career and a life, on paying taxes back into the system, on raising a happy family.
I don't want other kids to miss out on that chance, just because they've had the misfortune to have experienced poverty, child abuse, neglect or bereavement. There are so many young people with huge potential who, until they find a place to call home, won't be able to realise it. They have a massive contribution to make to society. Please help them on their way by sponsoring me on Centrepoint's Sleepout.
Also on my team: Caitlin Moran, Sarah Morgan, Julia Raeside, Lauren Oakey, Jo Tutchener Sharp, Marco Mini, Nadia Shireen. See team page for details.