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17th December 2014

Crisis_2014_SungardAS_static_e-cardHelp for the homeless at Christmas and beyond

Sungard Availability Services is taking part in the Crisis Christmas campaign for the seventh consecutive year, supporting the charity’s vital work helping single homeless people nationwide.

In 2014, Crisis again expects to welcome over 4,000 homeless people into its Christmas Centres across the UK.  The centres provide advice and company at what can be a very lonely time of year, a hot meal, medical help, dentistry, chiropody, eyecare and haircare.  Almost 10,000 more people will come to Crisis throughout the year to learn, find jobs and build their confidence to leave homelessness behind them for good.

The e-card we issued this year features Crisis service users who have collaborated to deliver three musical performances of well-known Christmas songs with a twist. The percussion in each song has been created by guests using everyday tools, utensils and party decorations as instruments!

Last year, Sungard AS was among 66 companies who together raised £543,889.  This allowed Crisis to:

  •   Welcome over 4,000 guests at Crisis at Christmas in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh
  •   Accommodate 842 guests across its 5 residential centres each night
  •   Serve 30,596 meals across all the centres
  •   Conduct 804 healthcare appointments; a 13% increase on the year before
  •   Treat 404 of our guests’ teeth
  •   Give 238 eye tests and dispense 242 pairs of glasses
  •   Enlist the help of 10,000 volunteers who together completed 17,124 shifts

Sadly, some 12% of homeless people grew up in care while 10% were previously in the armed forces.  Showing the toll homelessness takes on health, the average age of death for homeless men is 47 years old (compared with 77 for the general population) and just 43 for women (instead of 82).

Keith Tilley, executive vice president, global sales and customer services management for Sungard AS, comments, “Homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and it is clear that, despite significant improvements in homelessness services, the increased dangers and harsh conditions faced by homeless people in the UK remain a very real problem.  I am delighted that through our support for Crisis Sungard AS is once again helping to make a big difference to so many people’s lives.”

 

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