George London

George London

Crisis 2013 : Invitation to Match My Donation

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[lt]h3[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]The Short Story[/span][lt]/h3[gt][p][b]Me[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]This will be my sixth year as a General Volunteer at Crisis and I have again signed up for all eight night shifts(!) between 22-30th December. It is also my second year as a Key Volunteer, which means that lots of people ask me questions, but it doesn’t give me enough authority to be dangerous. Most importantly, it qualifies me to have a little red dot on my volunteer’s badge.[/p][p][b]Crisis[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]As well as Crisis' year-round work, five residential, five day centres and an operational hub are opened each Christmas, given free for their use, stocked by generous donations and manned and managed by 8,000+ volunteers who donate their time and energy to support up to 4,000 homeless and vulnerably-housed guests.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]For eight days and nights we provide beds at the residential centres for the most vulnerable, but 'beds' is just the headline; our guests get somewhere to sleep that is warm and safe, allowing up to eight uninterrupted nights' sleep for many of them for the first time in months. A week's worth of three square meals a day and good sleeps.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Just imagine for a moment what that does to a person's energy and clarity of thought...[/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;]Fundraising[/span][/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;] [/span]The personal fundraising target I’ve set for this December is £530, which values my 84 hours volunteering for Crisis at Christmas at an equivalent UK minimum wage of £6.31. If we raise this amount, it will fund space for more than 24 vulnerable adults this Christmas.[/p][p]http://community.crisis.org.uk/reserve[/p][p][/p][p][/p][lt]h3[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]The Longer Story[/span][lt]/h3[gt][p][b]Some Numbers[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]113,260 people in England approached their council as homeless last year - an 11% increase over two years - and rough sleeping rose 31%. In London, 6,437 people slept rough at some point last year - a 62 per cent increase in just two years.[/p][p]Last year, Crisis (the national charity for single homeless adults) worked with over 6,000 people homeless people in nine centres across the UK, awarded 2,108 qualifications, supported 376 people into work, and found homes for a further 3,000.[/p][p]As sharp rises in homelessness continue, Crisis is expecting more than 4,000 guests across London and this year opens two new Christmas centres in Newcastle and Edinburgh.[/p][p]www.crisis.org.uk/pressreleases.php/559/call-for-volunteers-to-make-christmas-happen-for-homeless-people[/p][p][/p][p][b]Crisis At Christmas & Me[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]This will be the the 42nd year that Crisis have been running and the 6th Christmas that I've donated my time and volunteered for them.[/p][p]They run year-round work from their 'Crisis Skylight' centres across the country, but for eight days over the Christmas period, they open an additional eleven (last year - ten) specialist centres around London. The buildings that house these five residential, five day centres and the operational hub are donated for Crisis' use, stocked by generous donations and manned and managed by 8,000+ volunteers who donate their time and energy to support up to 4,000 homeless and vulnerably-housed guests.[/p][p]For eight days and nights we provide beds at the residential centres for the most vulnerable, but 'beds' is just the headline; our guests get somewhere to sleep that is warm and safe, allowing up to eight uninterrupted nights' sleep for many of them for the first time in months. A week's worth of three square meals a day and good sleeps. Just imagine for a moment what that does to a person's energy and clarity of thought...[/p][p]As well as food and somewhere safe to sleep, our guests get access to health checks, clothing, showers, a shave, haircuts, computers, advice about housing and jobs, as well as lasting help for those with addictions and mental health difficulties. And we provide a chat and some company and a cuppa with some biscuits, and some arty stuff to do and some games to play and books to read and movies to watch and some music and some silly hats... and 4,000 guests get to have a Christmas.[/p][p]This will be my sixth year as a General Volunteer and I have again signed up for all eight night shifts(!) between 22-30th December. It is also my second year as a Key Volunteer, which means that lots of people ask me questions, but it doesn’t give me enough authority to be dangerous. Most importantly, it qualifies me to have a little red dot on my volunteer’s badge.[/p][p][b]Match My Donation[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]Three years ago I decided to encourage those around me to donate money too, to help fund Crisis' delivery of more life-changing services and their campaigns for change.[/p][p]My idea was to use a target which matched my donated hours with the UK National Minimum Wage, which set my first target at £467 (£5.84/hr for 80 hours). You all blew me away with your generosity and together we raised over £1,000. In 2012, the increase in minimum wage to £6.08 set my target at £500  and together we again raised over £1,000 and double my target. Last year’s target was £520 and you almost tripled that by donating £1,428![/p][p]With your generous giving, it makes it very difficult of me not to volunteer![/p][p]The target I’ve set for this year is £530, which values my 84 hours volunteering at an equivalent UK minimum wage of £6.31. If we raise this amount, it will fund space for more than 24 vulnerable adults this Christmas.[/p][p]If you decide to give, you'll be matching my donation of time with a financial donation of your own. I'm hoping again that you will help me to double that, but everything you give in these penny-conscious times is incredibly gratefully received.[/p][p][b]Volunteering[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]There is a saying amongst Crisis volunteers that "everyone has their reasons for volunteering". We all get something from the experience that is hard to find elsewhere, and we give our time in the knowledge that we are helping some of our society's most vulnerable people. And we also get to meet an incredibly varied and endlessly fascinating bunch of guests and volunteers, and make lasting friendships.[/p][p]If you want to find out more about volunteering yourself, visit http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/volunteering-at-crisis-christmas.html, or just ask me. And if you are planning to volunteer your own time this Christmas, I can recommend joining us on night-shifts at the Outreach Rough Sleeper’s Centre! ;-)[/p][p][/p][p][/p][lt]h3[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Thank you![/span][lt]/h3[gt][p]Wishing love, laughter and light for you all through the rest of December and into the new year ahead, and thanks again from me for reading this far, and from my fellow volunteers and guests.[/p][p]And if you didn't donate here today, be a bit extra-nice to someone today when you wouldn't normally. :-)[/p][p][/p][p][b]G.[/b][/p]

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Feb 5, 2014

Anna Savva

Sorry it's so late I was away.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Feb 4, 2014

Roni

Better late than never! Keep up the good work George. x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Feb 3, 2014

Tim UKFilmLocation.com

Another great result George!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Feb 3, 2014

Anonymous

Awesome as ever, Georgeous. Apologies for lateness! x

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Dec 26, 2013

Anonymous

Half way through!! Carry on the amazing job you're doing!! I'll be back next year :) x x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Dec 24, 2013

Anonymous

Great work George!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Dec 23, 2013

Els

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Dec 23, 2013

The still family

Good effort George

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Dec 22, 2013

Nick

Well done mate. Humbled by your efforts. Have a good Christmas.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Dec 22, 2013

Manuela & Ian

Hi George, This should help you reach your target .. shift starts at 20:00, right? :o) I know it will be put to the best use possible. Merry Christmas, XX Manuela

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid

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