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Help Crisis to support the homeless this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 16:28 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:33 09 December 2014

Christmas Eve at Crisis Centre

Christmas Eve at Crisis Centre

Credit Sam Mellish

A donation of just £21.62 would buy one homeless person warmth, food and support this Christmas.

That amount would provide a homeless person with three nutritious meals, including Christmas dinner, the chance to shower and change clothes, have a haircut and a health check as well as getting expert advice on issues like housing and employment at one of Crisis at Christmas’ 10 London centres.

It also introduces them to UK charity Crisis, which supports single homeless people throughout the year.

Ian Richards, head of Crisis at Christmas, said: “Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for a homeless person cut off from family and home. It can be lonely, dangerous and cold.

Crisis at Christmas offers a bed to everyone who needs one, warmth and three meals a day to guests who would otherwise be left out on the streets. Without the generous support of donors and volunteers this wouldn’t be possible – they help us provide a lifeline for our guests this Christmas, and help them take their first steps out of homelessness.”

Crisis at Christmas offers support and companionship during the holiday period for thousands of homeless people in London. This is made possible by thousands of volunteers.

Richard Wyatt, who volunteered last Christmas, said: “Seeing a smile on the guests’ faces from the simple act of making a cup of tea or helping them log onto a computer makes it all worthwhile.

“You meet people from all walks of life who are there to make sure the more vulnerable members of our society has a warm and caring Christmas away from the streets.

“It makes you realise how fragile your situation in life is.”

But the project still needs people to volunteer overnight in its residential centres, making sure guests get a good night’s sleep and helping to set the centres up for each new day.

To find out how you can help or to donate to the cause visit crisis.org.uk.

Crisis at Christmas is also supporting schools, families and offices all over the country to host a Crisis Christmas Party to raise money through bake-offs, sweepstakes and party games.

If you’re having a Crisis Christmas Party this week, you can post your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crisisxmasparty or email it to crisischristmasparty@crisis.org.uk and have the chance to win a John Lewis voucher.

The winner will be announced on the charity’s Facebook page on Monday, December 15.

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