Undecorated Christmas tree provides stark reminder of homelessness in region - The Malvern Observer

Undecorated Christmas tree provides stark reminder of homelessness in region

Malvern Editorial 12th Dec, 2023   0

A LOCAL homeless charity is presenting a bare Christmas tree to highlight the rising number of homeless people and those at risk of homelessness across Worcestershire.

Maggs Day Centre, a Worcester-based homeless charity, is showcasing their empty tree at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival in Worcester Cathedral as a stark reminder of the 62 people in Worcestershire currently living on the streets.

Statistics released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, show that more than 800 households were at risk of homelessness in the past year across the county – a number which is only set to rise.

In response to these statistics, Maggs has launched its ‘Bring Cheer to the Homeless’ campaign, encouraging people to provide monetary donations, as well as food and clothing, to help support homeless and vulnerable people.

Melissa Blewitt, marketing and relations officer, at Maggs Day Centre said: “Homelessness is not something we can ignore at any time of year, but the reality is that this Christmas many people will not have a roof over their heads.

“Our tree is a reminder that this is not a lifestyle choice, and the rising number of people at risk of becoming homeless is being exacerbated by the cost of living crisis and mental health, to name a few.”

A £50 donation can provide three hours of support to a Maggs tenant, while just £10 can provide five service users with a hot breakfast.

People can visit Maggs’ Christmas tree at Worcester Cathedral from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, January 14 2024 and make a donation through its website or in person at the cathedral.

In addition to donations, Maggs is also looking for volunteers to join in the new year. Alternatively, its helpful team is on hand to assist with any festive fundraising event the public may want to organise.

Visit www.maggsdaycentre.co.uk/christmas2023/ for more information.

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