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Canning Town primary hosts Christmas meal for 100 of London’s homeless

PUBLISHED: 15:41 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 22 December 2017

St Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchen serving food to guests

St Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchen serving food to guests

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A Canning Town primary school yesterday held a special Christmas dinner for the borough’s most needy.

St Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchenSt Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchen

Around 100 homeless guests tucked into free food at St Luke’s Primary School in Ruscoe Road, Canning Town.

Helpers handed out fresh clothes and toiletries at the meal, which ran from 11.30am until 2pm.

“The event grew from an idea from Shera Collins, our office manager, who wanted to collect blankets for the homeless,” said headteacher Matt Hipperson.

St Luke’s Church and charity Streets Kitchen helped organise the event, he added.

St Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchenSt Luke's Primary School hosting a Xmas lunch for local homeless people. Doris Owusu and Monica Brown at work in the kitchen

Matt said donations for the dinner, which staff now plan to hold annually, came from “friends and family of the school”, the church, other primary schools in the borough, supermarket Waitrose and Juniper Catering.

Streets Kitchen will host a meal for 200 of London’s homeless in Euston Station on Christmas Day, in partnership with Network Rail and St Mungo’s.

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