He couldn’t remember living somewhere where he didn’t have to ask to leave a room. He didn’t know how to behave in his own home.

This image is so powerful; it shows children in a cosy home setting. It’s the perfect representation of love, warmth, safety and security; a scene that many take for granted.

Crucially, our work always comes back to children like the ones in this photo. Parents work incredibly hard to shield their children from the effects and stress of homelessness. They want to make sure their children still have the best chance. We work with parents to make sure these children don’t fall behind in school, that they don't become stressed or develop problems with nutrition. If families are in a hotel room eating a meal together on the bed every day, this becomes the normal day to day routine for a child and that is not how family life should be.

One of our customers fought for almost a year to get out of emergency accommodation and into a home. When this finally happened, her youngest child kept asking permission to go upstairs. He couldn’t remember living somewhere where he didn’t have to ask to leave a room. He didn’t know how to behave in his own home.

For me, this photograph conveys the hope that we try to give to people. We stand in their corner. We act as their champion and we stick with them so they can build a safe and secure home for themselves and their children.

Rachel Murphy, Co-Director of Fundraising at Focus Ireland