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Bury Drop-in at the Christmas Lights switch on

I’m looking forward to the Christmas Light switch-on in Bury St Edmunds this Thursday 16th November.

Christmas Lights Switch-on

Normally this is far too early for me to start mentioning the Christmas word, but I know Bury St Edmunds will put on a good show as it always does. Also, the charity I have become involved with in the last few months, the Bury Drop-in, which supports homeless and vulnerably housed people in the area will be having a marquee there and

I shall be there from 4-5pm outside the Cornish Bakery (that was Palmers).

Mince pies!

As well as handing out mince pies and encouraging donations, the volunteers will be spreading the word about the amazing work this charity does to support the homeless.

We will have lovely new Christmas cards designed by some of our guests, with their quotes on the back of the cards. There is no price on the cards, we simply ask for a donation to the charity so the good work can continue.

Fun Event: Thursday 16th November 3pm – 8pm

The Christmas Lights switch-on will be an entertaining event with live music and lots of other charity and food stalls. So do come along if you are local.

Suella Tents

Along with our marquee, the Bury Drop-in will be setting up a tent and sleeping bag – a good starting point for conversations! With the donations we collect online we buy emergency items such as tents and sleeping bags.

You may have heard recently that our Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, wants to fine charities for handing out tents and sleeping bags and describes homelessness as a ‘lifestyle choice’.

As you can imagine, we are not impressed and I was very pleased to hear the news today that Ms Braverman has been sacked.

What does the Bury Drop-in do?

The charity cares for those in temporary accommodation – hostels and shelters – as well those who have got accommodation but need support to stay there.

Twice a week they offer a nutritious hot meal and community support. They work closely with West Suffolk Council rough sleeper service and NHS Health Outreach as well as other local agencies to ensure that these vulnerable people get the best support available.

I have been really pleased to get involve with this charity and have found everyone involved to be super friendly and welcoming.

At the Christmas Light switch-on the charity hopes to attract donations and more volunteers to help carry out this much needed work.

And our main aim is to have some fun on the day, so do come and see us if you can.





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