Christmas party will offer warmth food and shelter for Stevenage’s homeless and those in need

From left, David Spooner, Sam Wood and Max Taylor outside the Baker Street cafe.

From left, David Spooner, Sam Wood and Max Taylor outside the Baker Street cafe. - Credit: Archant

Anyone who is homeless, doesn’t have a permanent home or family, or is genuinely in need this Christmas can look forward to a warm welcome at a party in Stevenage Old Town on Wednesday.

The owners of Baker Street cafe, Alda and David Spooner will throw open the doors of the cafe off High Street from 6pm, to offer sandwiches and soup and a warm place to spend the evening.

Stevenage mayor and mayoress John and Joan Lloyd will attend the event.

and Old Town businesses are backing it.

There will be gazebos outside to accommodate more people, live busking and Christmas gifts for those in need.

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Task forces of volunteers will drive out to visit homeless people in other locations around town and distribute care packages.

Comet employee Max Taylor who is helping organise the event with charity worker Sam Wood, said: “I have spent a lot of time with homeless people over the past couple of years, speaking with them and finding out what their situation is.

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“Most of them have stumbled on hard times and are not just drug addicts or alcoholics like a lot of people think.

“They are however all tarred with the same brush.

“This event will show them all that they are not alone, they are loved and cared about.

“This is a chance for them to come together and share ideas, get some food and soft drinks and have a dance to some Christmas music.”

Donations of the following will be gratefully appreciated and can be taken to Baker Street cafe from 8am to 1pm tomorrow or Wednesday.

- Mince Pies

- Single Duvets

- Fleece blankets

- Sleeping Bags

- Towels, toiletries and sanitary products

- Small Christmas Gifts

- Gazebos

Drivers are also needed to carry care packages around town.

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