Celebrity guest attends Christmas party at Blackburn Charity

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi joined in with the festive cheer at housing and homeless charity, Shelter, after appearing at the organisation’s Christmas party.

The celebrity guest handed out shoe boxes filled with Christmas goodies donated by UK energy company, British Gas on Tuesday, 15th December.

CJ, who is currently starring in the Christmas pantomime at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn, survived three years sleeping on the streets when he was a teenager after fleeing his abusive South Yorkshire home. He said: “I’ve been so lucky to survive and flourish to where I am today but can never forget the pain and fear of those 3 years.

“I strive to do what I can to highlight the injustice of homelessness, trying, usually utterly in vain, to get someone to pay attention.”

Shelter, who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services.

Manager of Shelter in Blackburn, Emma Garner, said: “We are very grateful for CJ taking time out of his busy schedule to highlight the work of Shelter. It can be particularly difficult for our clients at this time of year, so all support and help we are given is greatly received.”

The organisation has achieved a lot since it was founded in 1966, including landmark changes in law, such as England’s introduction of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and the commitment in Scotland that, from 2012, everyone will have the right to a home.

Blackburn’s shelter branch based on Preston New Road, is currently seeking volunteers for a range of different roles. Discover the many ways you can volunteer with Shelter and make a real difference by visiting www.shelter.org.uk or call the Blackburn branch on 0344 515 1831.