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Soup Kitchen Helping the Homeless in Weymouth this Christmas

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7:45am 20th December 2013

A Weymouth charity are gearing up to feed dinner to fifty homeless people in the town on Christmas Day.

Soul Food are a volunteer run charity based round the back of The Prayer House in Newstead Road. They provide meals, showers and donated clothes to anyone sleeping rough who calls in on certain days. On Christmas day they'll be open providing a two course meal made up entirely from donations and cooked and served by volunteers.

Angie Barnes is the volunteer outreach worker at the centre and has experienced being homeless herself in the past. Wessex FM spoke to her about Soul Food's plans for this Christmas and she revealed the numbers they expect to attend are less than last year's, "We've had deaths, we've had people moved on, we've got people into accommodation that now feel settled to be able to deal with Christmas with their friends, in their own homes rather than come down to us."

Angie added that they still need donations for this year, but she wanted to thank everyone who had donated so far including Bargain Brands in Weymouth, who she said had been "brilliant". She said it's all voluntary work and the centre relies entirely on donations from the public.

Angie said that Christmas can be an especially difficult time for anybody sleeping rough, "it just brings home their lonely lifestyle".

To find out more you can call Angie Barnes on 07921 905347.

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