SNAPSHOT: Wonder wall

Linda Barker, the presenter of TV's Changing Rooms, stands by the compassion-themed mural she helped create at the main Crisis Open Christmas shelter in East London. She is flanked by two student volunteers from London's Royal Academy of Art, who helped paint the mural, along with three homeless artists who regularly use the Crisis shelter. The mural was viewed by homeless visitors over the December opening period.

As with the other four centres in the capital, the shelter provided creative activities such as music and drama sessions, as well as medical care and advice on the law and benefits to help London's homeless off the streets.

Around 1,200 people attended over the eight-day period. "I hope the mural brought a ray of hope to all the homeless guests that visited the shelter this year," said Barker.

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