Christmas isn’t great for everyone. For those who can’t afford it or are homeless, Christmas can be stressful, lonely and freezing cold. Many people die due to that coldness. It’s something that I think about every year, which is why I tend to do or organise things for Crisis. The Royal George last week raised £37. Crisis asks for £23 to feed, clothe and bathe a person each day, so I’m hoping we can raise a bit more than that between us. 🙂 I distribute the songs and set up/organise the jam nights for free, but I would ask that if you’ve had any benefit from anything I’ve done this year, would you do one of the following 3 things?
- Donate an old ukulele? I’m going into a homeless centre on 28 December, so you can bring one with you. I’ve been asked to either teach a session (if we raise enough cash to give the guests a ukulele each) and/or run a singalong to provide entertainment for the guests at the shelter. You are welcome to join me (see number 3). If you want to donate an old uke, I’ll be at Mercato Metropolinato on 14 December, and Tamesis Dock on 21 December leading Ukulele Wednesdays Christmas parties. All donations gratefully received.
- Donate money to Crisis here. Or send it to Trussell Trust, who manage
national Food Banks here.
- Volunteer your time. I’m going to run a lesson (if we get enough money to buy ukuleles) or a singalong. Crisis’s online application system has now closed, but please call the volunteer hotline on 0300 636 1000. Mention that you are signing up as an ‘Additional Performer’ alongside Lorraine Bow, and they will process your application over the phone.
Hope you have a brilliant Christmas. 🙂
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