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Helping those sleeping rough this Christmas

The Christmas Eve homeless event is officially returning to Newcastle central station

this Christmas Eve, after not being able to run last year with Covid restrictions. Central

Station will open its doors to North East Homeless this Christmas eve and their

amazing team built up of volunteers will be on hand to serve the people in real need in

our community some warm food and Christmas joy.

For just £5 your donation will provide a warm Christmas eve dinner to someone less

fortunate, for many it may be the only Christmas gift they get. The charity has been hit

with a surge in unprecedented demand due to the pandemic, job losses, cuts in

universal credit among other things which has seen many people who never through

they would be reliant on food banks relying on North-East Homeless services.

“Every year we also give a Xmas bag with practical but personal Xmas items for all our

Street Friends.” Emma from the charity states. In the last 18 months the charity has

“significantly been unable to get out to fundraise” which has placed a strain on them.

She goes on to state “Due to Covid-19 we are seeing a significant increase in numbers

and especially people who are new to the benefits system. People who have lost their

jobs because of the impact of Covid-19 are very much in poverty and at risk of

Homelessness. The face of homelessness is changing once again and we desperately

need support to allow us to react to these changes and give practical, reactive and

common-sense support.”

North East Homeless work hard all year around providing survival equipment, homeless

support, hot food and a chance to meet and talk with the outreach support across the

region. This year more than ever they need help and support to enable their work to

continue and help the vulnerable in our community and therefore we have introduced an

option as well as a one-off donation to make a small monthly donation to help all year


Your fiver donation may not sound like a lot but the charity are amazing for making every

penny count and should the fundraising total more than they need on the day it will

provide other items this winter such as:

• A pair of thermal socks and gloves

• A toiletry pack

• A mental health chat either phone call or a face to face

• A food parcel

• 2 re-heatable meals made in the Hub

Donations can be made at the website, who are again fundraising for

North East Homeless.

Donate here: Help the Homeless In Need this Christmas - North East Homeless –

As well as donations we are also looking for your help to grow our campaign to ensure

we can help as many people are possible who are in real need in our local North-East



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