Britain's best-known paralympic athlete Tanni Grey Thompson met with children of homeless families at Shelter's Bristol Housing Centre last week. She was keen to learn how homelessness and housing problems affect children. Grey Thompson was there in her capacity as patron of Shelter's 2003 London Marathon campaign - Shelter is the official charity for the event. Latest government figures reveal that 100,000 children experienced homelessness in 2001 and that nearly 85,000 families are housed in bed and breakfast accommodation.
Grey Thompson said: "Twenty-four hours a day, Shelter works to help the thousands of UK children and their families who are experiencing the terrible hardship of homelessness. These children feel the damaging effects of poverty more than almost any other group, often suffering extreme ill effects on their health, education and wellbeing."