With the railways out of action on Dec 25th, the team at Euston Station have decided to transform their vast concourse into a tinsel-covered, festive dining hall.
With seats reserved for 200 guests, National Rail station staff will be volunteering alongside St. Mungo’s and Streets Kitchen to dish-up a mouth-watering Christmas feast.
“Sadly, we’ve got a big homeless population in Euston,” said station manager Joe Hendry, when we met him last week. “This seemed the opportune time to give something back to the community.”
Guests have been invited by homeless charities from the local area and from all over the capital. “Many people become homeless because of relationship breakdowns,” says Beth Norden, community and events manager at St Mungo’s, “so Christmas is a particularly lonely time for some of our residents.”
The National Rail team have been busy working on the logistics of the big day. “There’s a lot to arrange,” says Joe, “even working out how to heat the concourse and meal times; it’s a jigsaw but a very worthy one.”
Euston’s Christmas bash is, according to Jon Glackin from Streets Kitchen, a “shining example” of how with enough person-power, local businesses can collaborate with charities to really support those in need.
With temperatures plummeting and the number of people sleeping on our streets visibly rising, here’s hoping this little act of altruism brings some serious Christmas cheer.