SAIF President’s Festive Plans

December 18, 2014   //   No Comments

Right now you may be thinking of a few days out of the office this Christmas; I hope that at least one day will be without the work phone ringing.  I’ll be preparing for Christmas with CRISIS.

The charity has helped homeless people in London and throughout the UK for the past 40 years but this is the time of year that they are best known for.  This will be my 19th Christmas working for the charity.  It’s something that I really enjoy and find a very humbling experience.  This year, I will help to run a day centre.  This is based in a London college and provides services to about 200 guests, who have accommodation but need the support and social assistance that CRISIS can provide.

If you are living in a hostel, bed and breakfast or church floor, you need somewhere to go during the day and most normal services close over the Christmas break.  CRISIS is open from the 23rd to 30th of December.   I will be working all eight days and my shift is 2pm to 11pm, providing not just food, drinks and snacks, but somewhere to sit and socialise, read, watch some TV, use the internet and also access services that you and I take for granted.  This means access to doctor, dentist, optician, clothing, chiropody, education, advice services and many more.

CRISIS also provides temporary overnight accommodation for London’s several thousand rough sleepers. To do all this, the service requires help from thousands of dedicated volunteers and support from donations.  If you would like to donate to my chosen charity, then please support CRISIS via the SAIF donation account by contacting the SAIF Office on 0845 230 6777.  We will shortly have an online donation facility on this website, under the ‘About Us’ tab, so check back in a few days.  You can find out more about the work CRISIS does at Christmas and throughout the year here.  You can follow my activities through Facebook or Twitter during the Christmas week.

Mary, Jack and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  We hope Father Christmas brings you all you wish for, and a happy and prosperous new year, but please spare a thought for those less fortunate than yourself.

Mark.