Saturday 23rd September 2023

The Exchange, North Shields

About the Fundraiser

We are organising a fundraising event to promote the launch of the documentary film by award winning director Lorna Tucker; Someones Daughter, Someones Son. The film aims to highlight the worsening plight of homelessness in Britain today, and create a movement to help end it.

A group of people who are passionate about the project are organsing a fundraising event to help raise the required funds to release the film. The more funds that are raised, the wider the reach of the film. The event will take place at The Exchange in North Shields, on Saturday 23rd September 2023 and will consist primarily of music performances, as well as a charity auction and raffle.

Why North Shields? Earl John Charlton is a well known face in his home town of North Shields, and is one of the main people featured in the film. What better place to hold a fund raiser? It is an intimate event, with great value tickets. It will sell out so please buy your tickets sooner than later. We hope to see you there!

Line Up


Auction Items To Be Announced Soon

About the Film

Lorna Tucker used to live on the streets of London; today she is an award -winning filmmaker – Westwood:Punk,Icon,Activist, Call Me Kate. Earl Charlton slept rough for 20 years and was a drug addict; today he is clean and is a support worker in Tyneside helping to keep people off the streets. He is the main character on Lorna’s new insightful, moving and optimistic film about street homelessness: Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son. Support the release and distribution of this film to help end homelessness in Britain.

More detail

When the film was shown at a film festival last year one reviewer said it was a “humanising odyssey into homelessness in the UK …… that challenges us to recalibrate our assumptions about social documentaries, as well as people who are homeless.” In other words – nothing like what you have seen before: it is the authentic voice of those who live on the streets, it shows what can be done to help get people off the streets and it brings together three of the main organisations working in this area to launch a campaign to stop homelessness.

Now is the time for the film to be released. In June the groups working at the frontline of homelessness warned that the government they were going to miss its target to end homelessness. In the same month, with the support of organisations such as Crisis, the Prince of Wales’s Royal Foundation launched its pilot Homewards project to provide affordable housing for the homeless, with Prince William saying “In a modern and progressive society, everyone should have a safe and secure home, be treated with dignity and given the support they need.”

This is a film which aims to have an impact. It aims to motivate people to put pressure on our politicians – local and national – to introduce the policies to stop homelessness. There are examples of what needs doing around the country, but there needs to be more of these.

It will cost money in the short term, but will save it in the long term. And it will make life better for all of us.

Shelter support the film: “quote” . Crisis support the film: “quote”. The Connection at St Martin’s support the film “Lorna knows homelessness, The Connection knows homelessness – and together we know what it will take to end it.” The Big Issue supports the film “quote” Please add your support.

We need to raise the money so that the film can be seen in cinemas, in communities and in the seats of political influence and power. However small or deep your pocket, there are ways you can help – and get rewards. Details are on the panel to the right. And here is a trailer for the film: