Housing association helps the homeless

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SANTA hats and Christmas jumpers are being donated by call centre staff to give homeless people a boost.

Employees at the Guinness Hermitage Customer Contact Centre, in Havant, are donating to Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.

The donations will go towards reserving a hostel place this Christmas for someone in need.

One place at Crisis offers three hot meals, including a Christmas dinner, as well as a shower, fresh clothes, a hair cut and a health check.

Wendy Wells, specialist team manager, said: ‘There has been a real buzz about the contact centre this year, with all the team looking forward to Christmas. However, we all recognised the importance of also reflecting on those who wouldn’t be safe, warm and looking forward to Christmas, for whatever reason.

‘I saw the Crisis appeal and really liked that it helped homeless individuals, especially as we are in the field of providing affordable homes, so this is why we wanted to support them.’