150 word appeal
This year David Sidwell our company owner will be volunteering at Crisis at Christmas, where 14 centers will open across the UK between 22 and 30 December offering vital companionship, hot meals, warmth and vital services including podiatry, health checks, eyesight checks and housing, education and employment advice
Homelessness has risen substantially in recent years – more than 8,000 people slept rough at some point in London last year. Tens of thousands more are stuck in squats, hostels or on the floors of friends and families.
Last year many volunteers at Crisis at Christmas not only gave their time, but also helped to raise over £180,000 by asking friends, family, customers and colleges to sponsor them for their volunteering.
Could you be one of those generous donors and sponsor David?
Whatever you give, you can be sure you’re helping someone who is homeless have a full and happy Christmas, and a New Year that could change their life for good.
How your money could help
Crisis at Christmas is a lifeline for thousands of homeless people across the UK, offering support, companionship and vital services over the festive period.
Crisis at Christmas provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time – one in four homeless people spends Christmas alone – but our work does not end there. We encourage guests to take up the life-changing opportunities on offer all year round at our centers across the country.
- Everyone has different reasons for becoming homeless. The most common reasons cited by our clients are the breakdown of a relationship, bereavement and illness. But pressure from cuts to housing benefit and homelessness services mean homelessness is rising. And even in the 21st century, people who ask their council for help can still be turned away to sleep on the streets as they’re not considered a ‘priority’.
- Government statistics show 3,569 people slept rough in England on any one night during 2015 – this is over double the amount counted in 2010
- The average age of death of homeless people is just 47, which is 30 years lower than the national average.
Please dig deep and sponsor us on www.virginmoneygiving.com/LittleDave
Numerous other facts about homelessness can be found on the Crisis website.