New charity’s warm welcome

23 Market Place Old Town'Open Arms Charity'PA1149-3'Pictured'Katie Jerrum, Daniel Crayford
23 Market Place Old Town'Open Arms Charity'PA1149-3'Pictured'Katie Jerrum, Daniel Crayford

A NEW charity in Bridlington is aiming to help the homeless and those with alcohol and substance abuse problems over the festive period.

Open Arms was established a month ago by Daniel Crayford, to offer counselling and practical help to people in East Yorkshire who are going through tough times.

The charity is putting on a Christmas dinner for those who need help.

The meal will be held at The Hilderthorpe Hotel, in Hilderthorpe Road, at 2pm on Monday, December 19.

Open Arms also plans to put on a raffle at the town’s Tesco supermarket this coming Monday, with a host of great prizes donated from individuals and local businesses up for grabs.

Daniel, 26, started Open Arms after he was helped to overcome his own drug and alcohol problems.

He said: “There are lots of people in need of this kind of support and Christmas is the loneliest time of year for those who don’t have homes or family.

“We hope to bring people a bit of Christmas cheer.

“I think we all know someone, somewhere who has needed a little bit of help”

In addition to counselling, Open Arms is working hard to find accommodation for the homeless as quickly as possible.

Daniel said a large proportion of people on the streets are there through no fault of their own and it is often simply due to bad luck.

He plans to extend the charity’s reach in the new year to aid the elderly by going to old people’s homes and offering a friendly chat and a cup of tea.

The charity is looking to recruit more volunteers and anyone interested in donating or giving up some of their time should visit www.openarmscharity.co.uk.