Open House calls for help to lay on Christmas dinner

jpco-11-12-13 Crawley Open House Christmas Launch (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-11-12-13 Crawley Open House Christmas Launch (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Crawley Open House is calling on people to rally round and give the town’s homeless a Christmas to remember.

Last year, the charity laid on a traditional Christmas dinner for 60 people on Christmas Day and would like to help those in need again this year.

Open House director Peter Mansfield-Clark MBE said: “We need to provide food for all our clients over Christmastime because on Christmas we literally have an ‘open house’ and last year we provided for 60 people.

“We don’t buy food in, we rely on donations and so we’ve put this appeal out every year for the Christmas meal and it really works.”

Kind-hearted souls have stepped up to help Open House for the past nine years, first through the now defunct Mercury FM with Operation Santa and recently with the support of the Crawley Observer.

This year, we need your help. If you can donate anything for the big day, like turkey, vegetables, Christmas pudding, soft drinks, crackers even party hats, just drop them into Crawley Open House, on Stephenson Way, before December 23.

Open House trustee and former Mercury FM presenter Chris Oxlade said: “The campaign highlights the need for support all year round at the shelter. If you can’t manage to donate to the Christmas day campaign, if you have blankets, clothing, gloves or any item Open House can use, please do drop them in”