Who will find a bed for a homeless teen?
Find out how Coram Supported Housing helped Katie
"It wasn't until Coram gave me keys to my own room that I felt I could sleep safely at night.
"I grew up knowing I was unwanted. My mum was on her own and had problems with drink and drugs which meant I was either neglected or abused depending on her state. It got so bad that running away seemed like the best option and eventually I just left. My mum has never made any attempt to try to contact me.
"Living on the streets was scary too. I felt frightened and as if I was nothing. I never know where I would be sleeping each night, and sometimes I used to think I would never make it to my 17th birthday.
"Thankfully, someone put me in touch with Coram Housing & Youth Support. They gave me somewhere to live and have been helping me learn how to manage so I can get a job and look after myself.
"It's the first time I've felt that anyone has cared."
How we help vulnerable young people like Katie
Since 1739 Coram we’ve been helping vulnerable children and young people to learn skills, start a career, and most importantly to feel safe and loved. We not only give them the keys to their own room but also the support they need to rebuild their lives.
What you can do
If you are travelling on Southeastern trains this Easter you may see our posters telling Katie's story.
But you don’t need to be on a train to make a difference to young people’s lives. Wherever you are, you can help by texting LIFE to 70707, to give £3 so young people like Katie have a chance of a happier future.
You can also donate online using the links on this page.