Vicki & Lloyd's story
Lloyd is lovely. I love her to bits. I look forward to seeing her every year. I was nineteen when I first came to Crisis. I couldn’t go home to my family and I was just roaming the streets with nowhere else to go. It was terrible. I was sleeping rough for fifteen years in total, but Crisis helped me get into a shelter and I’ve been coming here every Christmas for the last twenty-eight years now. I had a stroke when I was thirty and I can’t walk anymore, but I still like to come every year. I love the singing and the karaoke and all the nice people like Lloyd. I don’t have any family with me, so if I didn’t have Crisis I’d just be on my own.
I’ve been coming for twenty-one years and Vicki and I have known each other since the beginning. She’s our longest serving guest. I always look forward to seeing her. She’s like royalty. Everyone knows her as Queen Vicki. She’s trouble, but she’s a big softy. I love volunteering because it really feels like the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in everyone who comes here. I wouldn’t do anything else. This is my Christmas.
Vicki & Lloyd, London.
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