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Santa jumpers help the homeless

Working for Boston Borough Council is a serious business, and even the staff "wear a Christmas jumper to work day" is used to address a serious concern.

Once again staff who turned up to work sporting their most colourful and fun Christmas knitwear did so only on condition that they made a donation to help the homeless and those most in need.

The tinned and dried food and toiletries they brought in were donated to Centrepoint Outreach in the town.

Elizabeth Hopkins, the centre's chief executive, said the donations were used for the benefit of homeless and vulnerable clients and the food to provide hot snacks at the drop-in in Red Lion Street and included in emergency food parcels. The toiletries were made available for drop-in clients who use shower facilities.

She said that in December they helped 63 homeless people and provided food, furniture, household items, clothing and bedding on 850 occasions to those most in need. Staff dealt with 605 enquiries and 1,204 visits were made to the drop-in centre.

Pauline Chapman and Luisa Stanney, executive assistants at the council, organise the event and said: "All the usual business gets done on the day staff wear their Christmas jumpers, but it brings a festive feel to work just for the day and for some years now we have aimed at making it work for a deserving local charity, and to remember those less fortunate than ourselves at that time of year."

Pauline is pictured, second from right, handing over the council's Christmas jumper donations. Also pictured, from left, council chief executive Phil Drury, Centrepoint Outreach project worker Lisa McKnight, and Centrepoint Outreach chief executive Elizabeth Hopkins.