Thousands of guests welcomed to Crisis at Christmas
As Crisis at Christmas 2016 draws to a close, provisional figures show that more than 4,500 homeless guests were welcomed in to 14 centres across the UK.
Ten centres in London, plus one each in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham and Coventry served more than 38,000 meals. On Christmas day more than 5,600 meals were served. Between 23 and 28 December 620 guests saw a doctors, nurses or pharmacists and more than 300 saw the podiatrist. Four dental units and teams of optometrists also offered care to guests.
Over the course of the week, thousands of people were able to access IT services provided by the Aimar Foundation and run entirely by volunteers. Hundreds more enjoyed haircuts, massage or had their clothes and bags repaired.
More than 11,000 volunteers made the 45th Crisis at Christmas happen, and some at a centre in West London were treated to a surprise live acoustic set by long-term volunteer and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
Clients of Crisis came to centres to talk to guests about services on offer year-round from the charity. People who stayed over Christmas will now be given the opportunity to take part in classes and courses to help rebuild confidence and skills and leave homelessness behind for good.