A BARNSLEY man is preparing to do ‘all he can’ to get people off the streets and hopes local leaders will come together to support his anti-homelessness petition.

Chris Royston, 44, from Athersley South, was spurred into action having ended up on the streets himself and a stint working thereafter with charity, Shelter.

He told the Chronicle: “I found it extremely overwhelming, from paying the bills to getting the weekly food shop - before I knew it, I found myself heading down a spiral staircase and ended up on the streets.

“Having to chose between putting the heating on or putting food on the table is a catastrophic chain of events which will put many on the streets.

“It’s not a life choice - it’s an uphill struggle with no end in site.

“I used to be in that position myself and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.

“It’s a never-ending cycle for the homeless - I know because I used to be part of it.

“The council can accommodate for the homeless, it’s just whether or not they want to.

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“If we all come together, we have the power to make a massive difference, and now I’m in a better position myself, I’m going to do everything I can for those who need it the most.

“Everyone deserves a home, no-one deserves to be on the streets, especially now it’s winter and the temperatures are dropping.

“Let’s put an end to homelessness, please show your support and sign this petition.”

* Visit change.org and search ‘Save Lives at Christmas’ to sign the petition.