Old sugar warehouse to open its doors to homeless people this Christmas

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An eleventh hour search for a building to house the Crisis Open Christmas has ended with the generous donation of an old warehouse by Tate & Lyle. Coming just 24 hours before the final deadline for locating a building, the news means that the 30th Open Christmas can go ahead as planned. Tate & Lyle’s offer of help comes less than a week after Crisis Chief Executive Shaks Ghosh made a desperate last-minute plea to London for its help in finding a home for its main Christmas shelter.

"Once again, 'corporate London' has come up trumps and I cannot thank Tate & Lyle enough for the support they have given Crisis." said Shaks Ghosh, Crisis Chief Executive. "Now that we have the building for our main shelter, we can go full steam ahead with the extensive preparations we have to make for the Open Christmas. Whereas most people measure the time to Christmas in shopping days, we measure it in 'preparation days'. There are now just 11 of them left.

"We have some 2,000 plus volunteers who have been anxiously waiting for a building to be found. They can now start the enormous task of converting it into a shelter and getting everything ready for our guests. This means that hundreds of homeless people don’t have to go through Christmas completely alone."

The Crisis Open Christmas shelters are open between 23 and 30 December, offering homeless and vulnerably-housed people advice and support, as well as providing companionship at a time of year which can be particularly lonely for those without a home or family. The majority of guests in the Crisis Open Christmas shelter are not rough sleepers but are either homeless but hidden from view in hostels, B&Bs and squats or have their own homes but are unable to cope alone. The Crisis Open Christmas event is just one of a range of solutions to homelessness that Crisis provides throughout the course of the year.

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Tate & Lyle PLC is a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions. Supported by our 160-year history of ingredient innovation, we partner with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink. We are proud that millions of people around the world consume products containing our ingredients every day.

Through our expertise in sweetening, mouthfeel and fibre fortification, our Food & Beverage Solutions business develops solutions which reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fibre, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, soups, sauces and dressings. Our Primary Products business produces nutritive sweeteners, industrial starches used in paper and packaging, acidulants and products used for animal nutrition.

We have around 4,400 employees working in more than 60 locations across 30 countries. Tate & Lyle’s purpose is Improving Lives for Generations and through our purpose we believe we can successfully grow our business and have a positive impact on society. We live our purpose in three ways, by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities and caring for our planet.

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