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Liverpool college students bring festive cheer to the homeless 

THE City of Liverpool College is supporting more than 80 people experiencing homelessness at its annual ‘Open House’ event on 19th December.   

The event, which has been organised by students in partnership with Crisis and The Whitechapel Centre, is now in its 8th year. 

Students from across the college will be involved, including catering students and Air Cabin crew who will be cooking and serving a free Christmas lunch for all guests. Hair and beauty and barbering students will also be on hand to offer haircuts and treatments. 

All guests will be given essential winter items, such as hats, scarves and gloves donated by the college’s staff, students and partners. 

Crisis, the national charity for those experiencing homelessness, will also be available on the day to offer support and advice to visitors.

Tony Cobain, Chair of the City of Liverpool College Board of Governors, said: “For the most vulnerable people in our community, Christmas can be a particularly challenging time of year. 

“Our annual Open House is testament to the compassion and generosity of our students and the wider community. As one of the largest student communities in Liverpool, we are so proud to see young people coming together to support those less fortunate, especially during the festive season.”

Sharron McGuinness, Director at Crisis Skylight Merseyside, said: “We are proud to be supporting this event, which not only offers immediate relief and assistance, but also raises awareness of the pressing issue of homelessness. 

“By showcasing the dedication and efforts of students, we hope the event will inspire others to take action and contribute to ending homelessness in our community.”

The City of Liverpool College encourages the public and local businesses to join in their mission to support the homeless during this festive season. 

To donate, visit the Crisis Skylight Merseyside Centre at 96 Kent Street, L1 5BD.

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