Howes Percival’s Finance Director, David Abrahams will spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day volunteering for homelessness charity, Crisis.
Working an eight-hour shift each day, David will help to prepare meals for up to 250 homeless people at one of the many centres taken over by Crisis for this purpose around the country.
For 8-9 days over the Christmas period, these centres will provide a variety of services for homeless people with the aid of volunteers from a range of professions and walks of life.
The centres aim to provide:
- A warm welcome and good company
- Three nutritious, hot meals daily, including a delicious Christmas dinner
- A bed for the night, if needed
- A chance to shower, freshen up and get clean clothes
- A health check and treatment from a doctor, optician and dentist
- Expert help with mental health and addiction problems
- Advice on housing, employment and benefits
- A way out of homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round training, education and support
This is David’s fifth year volunteering for Crisis over Christmas and he has raised almost £10,000 for the charity so far.
“Changes in my life 5 years ago, coinciding with my children becoming adults and doing their own thing, allowed me to reconsider how to spend Christmas. I signed up to do my Food Safety Act training and become a Crisis volunteer for these two days as a way of matching my enjoyment of cooking with doing something ‘useful’. Working with fellow volunteers under the guidance of a professional chef has been great fun, educational and rewarding all at the same time. We start the day as total strangers and finish the shift tired but great team mates. The fact that so many friends, colleagues and business acquaintances are able to support me in the way that they do makes it even more worthwhile.”
To find out more about David’s volunteering work, visit his fundraising page.
For more information about Crisis, visit their website here.