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Crisis at Christmas opens centres

Homeless charity Crisis is helping more than three thousand Londoners this Christmas.

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Crisis at Christmas opens for 2012

Clients eat breakfast at this year's Crisis at Christmas shelter in London's Docklands. Credit: PA

Crisis at Christmas has begun welcoming homeless guests to its centres across London.

More than 8,800 volunteers including catering professionals, healthcare specialists and entertainers are giving up their holidays to run services at nine centres around the capital.

Crisis expects to be busier than ever this year with some 3,200 guests expected during the week.

Crisis at Christmas relies entirely on donations of goods and funds from the general public and companies. Amongst the donated items this year are: 17,000 eggs, 9.000 toilet rolls and 22 pallets of fresh vegetables.

On Christmas Day the centres expect to serve lunch to over 2,000 people, with some 110 donated 10 pound turkeys and all the trimmings being served.

During the week Crisis Skylight teams will be talking to guests, encouraging people to take up the charity’s year round training, education and advice services after Crisis at Christmas centres close on 30 December.

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