Supporting Crisis At Christmas


The Law Of... lending a helping hand at Christmas

Christmas is undoubtedly the nation's favourite time of year. But, amongst all of the manic shopping, excitement, and preparations, we can't forget that not everyone will be spending the holidays with their loved ones – or even in the safety of their own home.

Supporting Crisis At Christmas

Zena Soormally, Solicitor on Simpson Millar's Court of Protection team, explains how our London office is supporting the most vulnerable at one of the most difficult times of the year via the Crisis at Christmas scheme.

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Homelessness is becoming more widespread across the UK every year, with the number of people who sleep rough doubling since 2010.

In 2016, 57,750 households in England were accepted as homeless and in 'priority need' – a 6% rise from 2014/2015. But, worryingly, this figure doesn't take into account the number of people who don't apply for homelessness assistance and often end up surviving in the background, going unnoticed.

This year, Fairpoint and Simpson Millar are working with Crisis at Christmas to ensure that those who are homeless and separated from their loved ones don't have to spend the festive season alone.

"The staff at Simpson Millar's London office, led by office manager Cihan Huseyin, are taking part in the reverse advent calendar scheme", Zena comments.

"This involves our staff making generous donations on every day that we get closer to Christmas, such as food, gifts, blankets, household goods, and other products that might help make a difference to the life of someone in need. All of these items will then be donated to Crisis at Christmas in the week of 12th December 2016."

Zena continues:

"Whilst many people look forward to Christmas, the reality is that it can be a really hard time of year for individuals who can't spend it in their own homes or with their families. That's why we need to support schemes like Crisis at Christmas, which tackles homelessness, loneliness, and isolation."

"I have seen the wonderful work that Crisis does first hand as I have volunteered for their Crisis at Christmas centres, both as a general volunteer and a specialist legal advisor. It is such a small thing to do and we, as a team, are happy to help as much as we can."

"We hope that our donations will help, even if it's only in a little way. There is still time for everyone to help by buying Christmas cards or gifts through the Crisis at Christmas website."

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