Top Scottish stars urge public to support Shelter at summer festivals
5 July 2007
Scottish star Edith Bowman has urged T in the Park festivalgoers to visit Shelter Scotland's tent this weekend as the country gears up for the musical extravaganza.
And top Scottish musical duo, The Proclaimers, have called on the public to support the call for more homes when the charity goes to the Wickerman Festival later this month.
Staff will be camped out at both Scottish festivals in a bid to spread the word that 'It's time to get a move in' and build more homes to stem the housing crisis. Visitors can get a tasteful body tattoo to publicly show their support for the charity's campaign for 30,000 affordable homes for rent over the next three years.
Edith Bowman, top Radio One DJ, insisted everyone get along to talk to the housing and homelessness charity's crew, who will be camped out all weekend at T in the Park. She said: 'I am delighted to see Shelter at T in the Park. A home is essential to everyone's life and I urge everyone to visit Shelter's stall.'
The Proclaimers, who will play at the Wickerman Festival, which takes place in Dumfries and Galloway, on July 20 and 21, said: 'Ordinary families, key workers and first time buyers are faced with staggering house prices that are often out of their price range. And thousands of families are stuck in temporary accommodation after finding themselves homeless. We need to make sure that people are given real choices and that means investing in Scotland's housing future. Support Shelter Scotland by signing up to support their 30,000 homes call at the Wickerman Festival, or online.'
Lisa Morfi, Shelter Scotland's Campaign Officer, and one of the Shelter crew who will be at T in the Park, said: 'Get down to the Shelter tent this weekend at T in the Park to get your Shelter tattoo and show everyone that you're sticking it to bad housing and homelessness. We'll be at the Wickerman Festival as well so if you're heading along to it, then come along and show your support.'
Festivalgoers can sign up to support the call at the Shelter tent throughout the musical weekends - otherwise your support can be registered online at www.shelter.org.uk/petition.
Notes to Editors
- Shelter Scotland, along with other housing organisations, are calling for 30,000 affordable rented homes for Scotland through this year's comprehensive spending review. For more information visit the media room at www.shelter.org.uk/csr_media
- Shelter believes everyone should have a home and helps 170,000 people a year fight for their rights, get back on their feet, and find and keep a home. We also tackle the root causes of Britain's housing crisis by campaigning for new laws, policies and solutions.
- Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line number is available for broadcast interviews.
- For more information about Shelter visit www.shelter.org.uk