SINGER Ellie Goulding has helped to secure 400 mobile phones for homeless people to help them through the coronavirus lockdown.
Ellie, 33, and her management company Tap Music helped homelessness charity Crisis to get hold of the phones.
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They began to be distributed today to folk currently being supported by the charity, as well as those living in hostels across London.
Ellie said: “We’re all worried about coronavirus, but people who are homeless are particularly exposed to and threatened by the pandemic.
“Over the last few weeks we have seen an unprecedented and phenomenal effort to rehouse people sleeping rough by the Government, local authorities and homelessness charities, but I have remained very worried about how many people will still need support.
“I’ve been determined to help keep them connected.”
Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes said the charity was “incredibly grateful” to Ellie.
He added: “The coronavirus pandemic is reminding us all how much we need connections with others and we are relying on our phones and computers to stay in touch.
“But many people facing homelessness don’t have a phone or access to the internet.
“As the outbreak has unfolded, we have spoken to people who have felt profoundly anxious and alone, unable to get hold of information or stay connected.”
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