MORE than 80 homeless people from across Merseyside have been treated to a free Christmas lunch by students and volunteers at the City of Liverpool College.
The Open House event welcomed dozens of rough sleepers and vulnerable people from across the city to enjoy a Christmas meal, free haircuts, a warm shower, fresh clothing and toiletries.
The event was organised as part of the Open House drive that has seen almost 500 homeless people receive help from students over the past 18 months.
Volunteers from Crisis, the UK national charity for homeless people, were available to offer support and advice to visitors. Dental advice was also on-hand from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.
The Open House at the college hosts people who are rough sleepers, living in hostels, shelters, care centres, women’s refuges and temporary housing.
Four-legged companions were also looked after with donations of food, blankets and treats provided by Care for the Paw.
The event was held in partnership with Bite Club, the college’s catering supplier, and donations were received from law firm Hill Dickinson and Bridge Short Stay School in Ellesmere Port.
Mark Rossiter, student engagement manager at the college, said: “This year’s Open House event was a great success and it was fantastic to see students, staff and volunteers from across the community come together to spread some Christmas cheer.
“We know that this time of year can be very difficult for those individuals who may not have a place to call home or are unable to meet up with loved ones over the festive period. We were overwhelmed with the generosity and support we received from across the region to make this day as enjoyable as possible for our guests.
“We’re incredibly proud of all our students that were involved and would like to thank our partners for their continued support.”