Credit: The People’s Kitchen

Whilst most of us are unwrapping presents, eating too much turkey, or simply relaxing, 25 volunteers gave up their spare time to help The People’s Kitchen.

The volunteers cooked over 85 Christmas meals to homeless and disadvantaged people on Christmas Day.

A spokesperson for the charity told Radio Gateshead:

“We served up 85 meals those in need. Our friends enjoyed a 3 course festive meal. We all had a laugh and gave out gifts. None of this would have been possible without our volunteers and the fabulous support of the northeast community.”

Credit: The People’s Kitchen

The charity was set up by Alison Kay in 1955, in which she sat with homeless men and disadvantaged men in the city centre. She saw that many people were in need and decided to make a difference.

The first idea of The People’s Kitchen was first implemented when Alison made sandwiches and soups from her own home to her new-found “friends”.

The Alison Centre, which is the charity’s base, provides thousands of meals for needy people, and is open 7 days a week, feeding over 250 per session.

Credit: The People’s Kitchen

Run entirely by volunteers, the charity has no paid staff, and is always looking for people to help out. For more information, visit

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