For many, Christmas is a time for putting your feet up in front of a nice warm fire (or with the heating turned up) with a nice drink with some family.
It is a time where you exchange gifts and chat of times gone by with the ones you love while festive music plays in the background.
But some in Hull are not so fortunate and will wake up Christmas morning on the streets as they contend with a cold winter chill outside.
For a homeless person, Christmas Day is just like any other day and they will spend it the same way.
Homelessness in Hull
But there are many amazing volunteers who are going out of their way this year to give the city’s rough sleepers a Christmas to remember.
If you know of any more, comment below.
Nando’s in Princes Quay
Once again, Nando’s in Princes Quay has promised to deliver a slap up meal to our rough sleepers for Christmas dinner.
Working like they did last year with Project Hot Dog Hull Homeless Support, the restaurant, along with plenty of volunteering waiting staff, will open up to serve a Christmas dinner and give out presents. They have done the same for the last few years.
John Magee, Princes Quay’s manager, said: “It’s great to see Nando’s opening their doors opening their doors on Christmas Day and we’re hugely grateful to staff for volunteering their time to help.
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“It’s at this time of year we should all be mindful of those less fortunate and I’m proud of the restaurant doing their bit.”
Nando’s will be open to the homeless between 11am and 1pm.
The popular burger restaurant is opening its doors for Hull’s homeless on Christmas Day and have asked members of the public for donations. The Witham branch will be opening from 10am to noon in order to feed the homeless – but there are also plans to hand out essential items such as sanitary products, underwear and warm clothing.
The event is also open to people who are not homeless, but are in need of food on the day.
The branch will be open from 10am to 12pm for the hungry and homeless.
Raise the Roof Hull Homeless Project
Despite a lot of controversy, after the Royal Hotel Hull cancelled the booking for 28 rough sleepers, Doubletree Hilton took on the booking, with more than two dozen of the city’s homeless to stay in the four-star hotel over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hotel ‘cancels homeless Christmas booking’ – latest
The project has crowd-funded the stay, which will be beginning at 3pm on Christmas Eve. Presents and a Christmas dinner will be given out at 5pm on Christmas Day to those in need.
This Hull takeaway is opening its doors to help the homeless on Christmas Day.
Khan Pizza, on Princes Avenue, will be open for 15 hours giving away shoe boxes filled with sanitary items and clothing, as well as a choice of hot food to anyone who needs it.
It will be open from 2pm to 4.30am, with anyone needing the shoe boxes and hot food advised to arrive after 4pm.
Sheryar Khan, owner of Khan Pizza, said: “We will be pulling a Christmas cracker with the homeless and the needy and they will be given a shoebox full of essential items.
“I have been out and collected lots of stuff, so the boxes will be filled with things like deodorant, hats, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other things.
“We will also be giving out hot food to anyone who needs it, and we’ll be concentrating on providing dishes like chicken biryani, vegetable soup, fries, sauces and hot drinks and biscuits.”
The former Hull City player and boxer Curtis Woodhouse has said he wants to open his gym to the homeless people during the festive period.
He said he could accommodate up to 60 people in his Driffield gym and will even ferry people from Hull to Bridlington.
He said: “I have a gym which will be sitting empty for periods during Christmas so I thought why not use it to help provide shelter?”
The gym will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, along with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day which means the homeless could use the premises during this time.
He said: “There will be heating, showers and a microwave.”
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