TV FAVOURITE Eamonn Holmes is the latest famous face to back the pioneering work of Chester charity Save the Family.

The host of Sky News’ Sunrise breakfast show broadcast live from the charity’s main accommodation centre in Plas Bellin, North Wales, as part of its’ focus on the recession and its devastating effect on families across the UK.

The show highlighted the work of Save the Family, based in Abbey Green, Chester, which provides emergency accommodation, training and support across the North West and North Wales, and told how the deepening recession could see homelessness rise.

Eamonn said afterwards: “I’m amazed at the pioneering work of this charity and was delighted to be welcomed into what can only be described as a close knit community.

“These families come here in despair and with little hope or trust in others. Thanks to the commitment and care of staff and volunteers here they are able to turn their lives around, stay together and stabilise.

“Unfortunately, I fear the number of families in despair will increase over the year and so it is essential that organisations like Save the Family are supported and developed.”

Save the Family was founded more than 30 years ago. In 2007/2008, it received 204 referrals of families but was only able to accept 7%. In the first half of 2008/09 that referral rate has already increased by 20%.

Its’ chief executive Tim McLachlan said: “Homelessness is increasing at a frightening rate. We must expand to meet the tidal wave of demand from homeless families and valuable support from famous faces like Eamonn can only help our cause and help us save many more from disaster.”

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