A homelessness charity has its sights set on serving 200 Christmas dinners with all the trimmings to people in Newcastle Central train station this Christmas Eve.
After the meal was cancelled due to Covid last year, organiser Brian Burridge hopes this year North East Homeless will raise enough money to serve a hot dinner to everybody that needs one.
At past events, Burridge and his team have served Christmas meals mostly to people sleeping rough, but he thinks there’ll be more families and young people at this one, and “people who haven’t got the money to put the heating on.”
This will be the fourth Christmas Eve dinner the charity is serving in the iconic Victorian train station, chosen because it’s covered, isn’t “hidden away in a back room,” and has space for a choir to sing festive songs for guests.
“It’s good to see people getting something good, and not just the scraps” said Burridge.
“When you go to a soup kitchen you just get what you get, but I wanted them to be able to pick what they want. If you don’t like sprouts why would you have to put them on your plate? It puts dignity back in it.”