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Help Feed the Homeless This Christmas

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The Christmas Eve homeless event is officially returning to Newcastle this Christmas Eve, after not being able to run last year with Covid restrictions, this year is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Central Station will open its doors to North-East Homeless this Christmas Eve and their amazing team built up of volunteers will be on hand to serve the people in real need in
our community some warm food and Christmas joy.

For just £5 your donation will provide a warm Christmas eve dinner to someone less fortunate, for many it may be the only Christmas gift they get.

The charity has been hit with a surge in unprecedented demand due to the pandemic, job losses, cuts in universal credit among other things which has seen many people who never through they would be reliant on food banks relying on North-East Homeless services.

“Every year we also give a Xmas bag with practical but personal Xmas items for all our Street Friends.” Emma from the charity states. In the last 18 months the charity has “significantly been unable to get out to fundraise” which has placed a strain on them.

She goes on to state “Due to Covid-19 we are seeing a significant increase in numbers and especially people who are new to the benefits system. People who have lost their jobs because of the impact of Covid-19 are very much in poverty and at risk of Homelessness. The face of homelessness is changing once again and we desperately need support to allow us to react to these changes and give practical, reactive and common-sense support.”

North-East Homeless work hard all year around providing survival equipment, homeless support, hot food and a chance to meet and talk with the outreach support across the region. This year more than ever they need help and support to enable their work to continue and help the vulnerable in our community and therefore we have introduced an option as well as a one-off donation to make a small monthly donation to help all year round.

Your fiver donation may not sound like a lot but the charity are amazing for making every penny count and should the fundraising total more than they need on the day it will
provide other items this winter such as:

• A pair of thermal socks and gloves
• A toiletry pack
• A mental health chat either phone call or a face to face
• A food parcel
• 2 re-heatable meals made in the Hub

Donate here: https://neoffers.co.uk/products/north-east-homeless-christmas-meal-newcastle

As well as donations we are also looking for your help to grow our campaign to ensure we can help as many people are possible who are in real need in our local North-East
community.

You can also share on social media here to help us raise awareness: https://www.facebook.com/events/390875202704145?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

If you are fundraising for this great cause or if your business can get involved – message us at Info@NEoffers.co.uk, we would love to hear from you and help let everyone know.

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme

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Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday

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Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.

 

Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

 

Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”

 

In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.

 

Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.

 

The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.

 

Will you be going to a showing – let us know on our Facebook page and join the conversation –

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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held

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Newcastle Gateshead Foodbank

Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.

 

In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.

 

It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

 

The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.

 

They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”

 

The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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