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Celebrities 'book' in to help the homeless

Fiona Ellis

Published 27/09/2010 | 05:00

IRISH celebrities have been revealing online what they would miss most about their homes if they lost them.

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Imelda May, Brian Kennedy and Caroline Morahan are part of a Facebook-inspired campaign in aid of Focus Ireland's 'Key to a Home' fundraiser.

"The one thing I would miss most about my home if I lost it tomorrow would be the security of a door," singer Imelda May said.

"Not being able to feel safe while I sleep would be very unsettling to me.

"And I couldn't imagine not having a bathroom door. How demeaning would it be to walk from shop to shop, asking to just use their toilet?" she added.

Singer Brian Kennedy said: "When I close the door to the outside world I feel a sense of pride, I feel safe and I feel comfortable. Every corner of this house is familiar to me and I know exactly how and where I got everything in it," he said.

For actress and television host Caroline Morahan, the main thing she would miss would be privacy. "Aside from the most basic necessity of shelter, my home is somewhere I can be alone, undisturbed and completely relaxed," she said.

"The aim of the campaign is to help kick-start a national debate to get people to really consider the loss that is associated with becoming homeless," director of fundraising at Focus Ireland, Mark Mellett said.

Focus Ireland will be holding its second annual 'Key to a Home' collection from November 19-21.

Irish Independent

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