leeds’ St George’s Crypt has launched an ambitious Christmas campaign to raise more than £120,000.
The charity is raising money to help fund its services, which support homeless and vulnerable adults in Leeds, over the festive period when demand increases as the temperatures plummet.
Staff are hoping to beat last year’s appeal total of £120,000.
The money will be used to pay for costs, including utility bills such as washing, cleaning and support services, which have increased due to the number of people using the charity’s services overnight.
Chris Fields, CEO of St George’s Crypt, said “The utility bills aren’t glamorous but without heating, without light all the people we help would be huddling in the dark and cold.
“It’s great that we get so many physical donations but we still desperately need cold hard cash to pay for everything we provide.”
The crypt will be putting on a Christmas Day breakfast for all its residents, as well as festive lunch, hopefully with some gifts, for around 100 people on Monday, December 28.
It will be starting its Christmas week celebrations with a free concert at 12.15pm on Thursday, December 17, in St George’s Church, Great George Street.
Durham Cathedral’s girl choristers will be singing carols and songs.
St George’s Crypt provides shelter, care and support to homeless people, along with training and engagement programmes to help them rebuild their lives and work towards employability.
For more information or to donate to the Christmas appeal, visit www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk, search for St George’s Crypt, Leeds, on Facebook or follow @CryptLeeds on Twitter.