Lions backing homeless charity this Christmas
Millwall Football Club and Millwall Community Trust will once again be showing support for 'Crisis', the national charity for single homeless people, during their week-long Christmas campaign between 23rd-29th December.
For seven days over Christmas, Crisis will be opening up centres across the country where attendees can enjoy hot food, have a free haircut, receive health care and advice, learn new skills as well as be entertained and enjoy loads of fun activities.
Crisis are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and by campaigning for change. Their aims are to do more for homeless people in more places across the UK and help to change their lives for good, as well as to change the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people.
While many of their various schemes and projects take a well-earned rest over the festive period, a team of Millwall Community Trust coaches will volunteer their time to spend five days running sessions across two sites, the City of London Academy in Bermondsey and Lewisham and Southwark College in Deptford. Their coaching schedule begins this Thursday 24th December and runs through to Monday 28th, including on Christmas Day itself. Sessions will include enjoyable warm-ups and coaching drills, all of which will be geared towards a tournament next Monday, the finale of Millwall Community Trust's work with Crisis this year.
To show additional support for the charity and the remarkable work they do year-in, year-out, Crisis volunteers and personnel will be special guests of the club for this Saturday's Boxing Day game against Walsall at The Den.
Gerry Otim, one of Millwall Community Trust's coaches who is set to volunteer once again this year, said: "Crisis is an eye opening experience and I'm honoured that this will be my third Christmas volunteering for the charity on behalf of Millwall. It highlights that there are so many people that care for the homeless and there is still hope for them to change their lives around."
Richard White, community development and health improvement manager at Millwall Community Trust, added: "Millwall have been supporting Crisis over the last few years during the festive season and are pleased to continue to do so once again. We wanted to do something a little more special this year by inviting all those involved to our Boxing Day match, which will hopefully raise further awareness. We are very proud of the support our club provides for Crisis, especially the coaches who give up their time on Christmas Day to volunteer, and of course our generous supporters who will always support worthy causes."
Jon Parkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Homelessness is a devastating and isolating experience - the average age of death for a homeless person is just 47. No one should face these dangers. But thanks to the dedication of partners like the Millwall Community Trust, each year Crisis can help thousands of people to rebuild their lives. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Millwall Community Trust for helping to end homelessness for good."
Find out more about Crisis and the fantastic work that they do by visiting www.crisis.org.uk. To donate £3 text CRISIS to 70004.
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