Before we said a fond farewell to Summer 2021, we enjoyed four action-packed weekends of activities and entertainment, including live music, crazy golf, dinosaurs, and a helter-skelter in North End.
People came through in their droves, full of energy and with beaming smiles, breathing life back into the town centre recovering from the affects of the pandemic. Over the course of just four weeks, £1,323.60 was raised for charity, with the funds donated to Crisis Croydon, to support its incredible work at the Skylight Centre in Surrey Street.
SJ Wyatt, Skylight’s Volunteer Team Leader, said: “Before the pandemic, volunteering was face to face, which meant we had to change how we volunteer. We had a lot of volunteers supporting with groups and outside activities and almost overnight we had to be very inventive with how we continued to support members to ensure they don’t feel isolated.”
Christine Eyers, Director at Crisis Croydon, said: “The money will go towards making sure our members have resources and materials to access learning, employment and training courses at Skylight as well as those moving accommodation, including starter packs with pots and pans, cutlery, bedding, to help get them living independently.
“We are also gearing up for Christmas and will be making sure our members impacted by homelessness, and especially those sleeping rough, are able to access essential provisions, such as toiletries and warm clothing, to help them get through the winter months.”
Every year, Crisis works with thousands of people to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good. The Skylight Centre offers free and practical advice, guidance and coaching as well as workshops to help homeless people get their lives back on track.
Matthew Sims, Croydon BID Chief Executive, said: “I am particularly proud of the generosity shown by those donating towards Crisis through our very popular helter-skelter and, in doing so, supporting an extremely important cause.
“We still face challenges, but the success of Street Live and the reaction of all those attending our events has given me such great hope for the future.”