Jo Brand has been an active and influential Crisis supporter since 2009. Among other things, she has hosted the Crisis Square Mile Run, performed stand up comedy at Crisis at Christmas and in 2013 was the face of Crisis Christmas Party which raised over £100,000.
In December 2015, Jo launched the BBC Lifeline Appeal for Crisis, which explored how Crisis helps people move on from the devastation of homelessness.
Sir Ian McKellen’s support for Crisis has been phenomenal. Narrating our Crisis at Christmas TV and Radio Appeals for the past three years, he has helped to raise millions for the charity. He also brings Christmas cheer to our guests by visiting rough sleepers' centres each Boxing Day. And last Christmas he hosted a special Crisis dinner at his very own riverside pub in Limehouse.
Chris Martin has volunteered for Crisis for a staggering 20 years. And with Coldplay, he performed in both Liverpool and Newcastle as part of the Crisis Hidden Gigs series. Most recently, at Crisis at Christmas 2016, guests and volunteers at our West London centre were treated to a surprise acoustic set by Chris and our Guest Kevin.
Legendary Hollywood actor Richard Gere visited Crisis in March 2016 to meet with clients who have been supported by Crisis in rebuilding their lives. He also heard from Chief Executive Jon Sparkes about the charity’s campaigning work to end homelessness for good.
Clients attended the premiere of Gere’s latest film, Time Out of Mind and a percentage of the proceeds from the film were donated to Crisis.
Ellie Goulding joined Crisis clients for a music workshop in July 2015, sharing her thoughts on songwriting, and answering questions about singing techniques and how she prepares for gigs. She also met with Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes to discuss Crisis’ campaign to end homelessness.
Since then, Ellie has volunteered at Crisis at Christmas 2015 and 2016, as well as raising awareness of Crisis’ work through her substantial social media following.
World heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua wore Crisis’ name proudly on his kit when he beat Dillian Whyte at his O2 fight in December 2015.
Following the fight, Anthony joined us at one of our Crisis at Christmas centres, leading 25 guests in a boxing lesson and donating boxing kit to Crisis for all of the students. Inspired by this event, Crisis has started its own boxing class at Crisis Skylight London.
Former BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman is a long-term supporter of Crisis, and has run poetry workshops, launched Square Mile Run and served tea to guests at Crisis at Christmas. Most recently, he chaired the inaugural meeting of ‘News 50’, our 50th anniversary news steering group, made up of the great and the good in news media.
Ed Sheeran’s breakthrough song ‘The A-Team’ was based on his experience of volunteering at Crisis at Christmas. Ed has led workshops with clients in Newcastle and London and encouraged thousands to support Crisis’ ‘No Going Home’ campaign, ensuring that plans to stop under 25s from claiming housing benefit were dropped. Ed also backed Crisis’ No One Turned Away campaign, calling for every homeless person who approaches their council to get the help they need.