HOUSING charity Shelter has recorded a dramatic increase in demand for help from people at risk of homelessness in the North West.

New figures released by the charity show that in the region the number of people its helpline has assisted who are either homeless, or face losing their home, has more than doubled in the past three years.

The number of families, with children at risk of homelessness, assisted by the helpline has risen by 72 per cent over the same period in the area.

The findings came after Shelter’s Christmas appeal warned that 1,100 children in the North West will wake up homeless this Christmas, living in temporary accommodation.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “These figures are a shocking reminder of the daily battle so many families in the North West are facing just to keep a roof over their head.

“Through our helpline Shelter offers vital help to people who have hit rock bottom and have nowhere else to turn. Our advisers give them the advice and support they need to get back on their feet.”