Over the Christmas period the Millwall Community Trust once again supported the national charity for homeless people, Crisis. Each year Crisis works with homeless individuals to provide housing, education and employment all year round including on Christmas Day.

The overall aims of this fantastic charity are to do more for homeless people across the UK including helping to change their lives for good. Crisis also aims too change the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people. Over the Christmas period Crisis opens up centres all across the country where attendees can enjoy delicious warm food, free haircuts, health care and guidance.

As many of our projects and staff take a well-earned festive break this Christmas – a group of MCT coaches volunteered for our Christmas campaign. The Trust offered two-hour footballing sessions at the City of London Academy in Bermondsey and LeSoCo in Deptford. These sessions ran from Christmas Eve to the 28th December ending with a final football tournament at Arsenal including two, ‘Millwall’ teams from each site. The sessions involved coaching drills and fun-filled activities building up towards the finale tournament.

Gary Otim, one of our coaches at the Millwall Community Trust, had this to say,

“Crisis is an eye opening experience and 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”.

Last year, to show our support and gratitude towards Crisis and their hard working volunteers, we invited them down to The Den.

Richard White, our Community Development and Health Improvement Manager, added,

“Millwall has been supporting Crisis over the last few years during the festive season and are pleased to continue to do so once again. We are very proud of the support the Trust and club provide for Crisis, especially when coaches give up their time at the Christmas period”.

Jon Parkes, the Chief Executive of Crisis said,

“Homelessness is a devastating and isolating experience – the average age of death for a homeless person is just 47. But thanks to the dedication of our 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 the Millwall Community Trust for helping to end homelessness for good”.

To find out more about Crisis visit www.crisis.org.uk