On the coldest nights of December, the streets of London were alive with parties; the usual 'Christmas Cheer' was celebrated with a unity of family friends and tiny food, topped with a glass of bubbling. But, same as every other year, you hardly had to look far to see broken desolation and cataclysmic misery pound on its victims. And, same as every other year, they were generally ignored. As the nights got colder, we unanimously closed our doors on those most in need of a roof, resulting in an estimated 9,000 waking up homeless in London (including 2,000 children) on the most celebrated morning in Europe; though already shocking, these figures are due to rise 75% in the next decade.

Desperate for volunteers to change people's lives for the better (that old cliché) Crisis, Centrepoint and 16 other charities joined forces with mayor of London Sadiq Khan to form the London Homeless Charities Group. With the campaign "No One Needs to Sleep Rough in London", volunteers saved thousands of suffering people: forgotten fellow humans.

But who am I to complain without making a difference? At Newstead Wood School, Byapti Nandi and I organised a collection for Crisis to remind the school of the 1,200 homeless people in Bromley. With help from the teachers, we managed to reach almost £500, thus giving 20 people a full health check-up, hot meals, counselling, showers and beds for a week.

In an interview with Centrepoint, Mr Khan said: "I know there are millions of Londoners who want to do something to help rough sleepers get off the streets for good." He’s not wrong. Because, after all, good will is for life, not just for Christmas.