Hearts and Hibs teamed up yesterday to help feed some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people at homeless charity Streetwork’s annual Christmas lunch.
Jamie Walker and Soufian El Hassnaoui, along with Martin Boyle and Mark Oxley, were put through their paces dishing up a three-course lunch with all the trimmings to 60 guests sitting down at the charity’s Crisis Centre. The slap-up meal was provided by the Sheraton Grand Hotel, now in its eighth year of supporting the Streetwork Christmas Lunch.
The lunch also kicked-off the second half of Streetwork’s 2015 Winter Crisis Appeal, which aims to raise £10,000 to provide practical help for those who find themselves excluded, destitute and homeless this winter.
Streetwork chief executive Kenny Forsyth said: “Our dedicated staff are on the streets of Edinburgh 365 days a year reaching out to people living in the most desperate situations. Demands on services are particularly high at this time of year as the cold weather sets in.
“So we’re delighted to have such generous support from Hearts, Hibs and the Sheraton. Christmas is a time for families but for many people, the complex problems which lead to them becoming homeless stretch back to their own childhood.”
A Hearts spokesperson said: “Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to continue to back the fantastic efforts of Streetwork by attending their annual Christmas lunch.
“Christmas is a time for giving and our players are only too happy to give up their time to come along and serve Christmas dinners to those less fortunate.
“We wish Streetwork every success with their Winter Appeal and would urge our supporters to check it out and see how they can make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas.”
Streetwork’s staff are also pitching in with finance manager and Jambo Gordon Watson, facing head of services and Hibee Jan Williamson, in a head-to-head festive fundraising fixture.
Funds raised will provide essential support to people who are on the streets. Every little helps: £1 pays for a hot drink, £5 pays for a soup, a sandwich and a hot shower, £10 pays for a clean change of warm clothes, £25 pays for a winter sleeping bag and £150 helps run the Crisis Centre.
Pictured is Jamie Walker and Soufian El Hassnaoui with Cherelle Campell and Leeann Cameron. Image kindly supplied by the Edinburgh Evening News.