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Help 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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London’s new Elizabeth Line to finally open on May 24

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The long-awaited Elizabeth Line is officially opening on May 24, Transport for London has announced. Just a week before the Queen’s Jubilee.

It will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield. The £19bn underground railway will be shut on Sundays until Autumn, when it will connect with central tunnels also.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I’m delighted that our world-class new Elizabeth line will be opening to passengers later this month, helping build a better London – one which is safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.

‘This is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades, and will revolutionise travel across the capital and the South East – as well as delivering a £42 billion boost to the whole UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.

‘Green public transport is the future and the opening of the Elizabeth line is a landmark moment for our capital and our whole country, particularly in this special Platinum Jubilee year.

‘I’m so proud of this new line and can’t wait for millions of passengers to start riding on the Elizabeth Line from 24 May.’

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Holidu reveals the top 10 British cities

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Rated as cultural attractions, Holidu has shared the best cities to visit in Britain 2022.

Fancying a city break? According to the search engine for holiday rentals, these are the best places to explore!

Edinburgh – Average of 4.61/5 stars

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Portsmouth – Average of 4.61/5 stars

Newcastle – Average of 4.59/5 stars

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York – Average of 4.56/5 stars

Belfast – Average of 4.56/5 stars

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Find out more about these destinations here!

Leeds – Average of 4.56/5 stars

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London – Average of 4.56/5 stars

Liverpool – Average of 4.52/5 stars

Sunderland – Average of 4.52/5 stars

Coventry – Average of 4.51/5 stars

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Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Pandas To Stay in Scotland for Another Two Years

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Scotland’s only giant pandas will remain in the country for another two years after China gave permission to extend their stay.

Yang Guang and Tian Tian arrived at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo back in 2011 when they were eight, with the hopes they may have a cub.

The pair were loaned to the RZSS charity as part of a 10-year arrangement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, but will now return to China at the end of 2023.

Tian Tian gave birth to a cub in 2007 before she came to Scotland, but efforts to breed from the pair in Edinburgh have proved elusive.

A natural breeding attempt was made in 2012, with artificial insemination used instead each year between 2013 and 2017. Tian Tian was believed to be pregnant in August 2017, but her hormone levels and behaviour later returned to normal. Phantom pregnancies are common among giant pandas.

She was artificially inseminated again in 2019 and April this year, but both were unsuccessful.

Hopefully the pair will produce a cub before they return back to their furever homes in Asia.

Check out the Zoo’s Live Panda Cam here

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