Christmas can be a magical time – but for those who are experiencing homelessness or loneliness, it can be the complete opposite.
But it’s also the season for giving, and several charities and organisations are working to get free Christmas dinners to those in need.
Hundreds of people across the UK are rallying to ensure no one need go without a hot meal on Christmas day.
The Big Issue has pulled together a full list, and we’ve picked out the ones near Greater Manchester.
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There’s a Christmas Dinner drop-in at the Chartered Ragged School on Dantzic Street – and it’s open from 7am to 8pm.
Lifeshare will be offering food as well as entertainment, including live music, bingo and a quiz, plus medical care and haircuts.
The Booth Centre, Manchester
The Booth Centre is throwing a whole week of Christmas events, providing a warm welcome to people affected by homelessness.
The Pimblett Street community centre will be open between 9am and 2pm on Christmas Day serving up Christmas dinners.
A short distance south of the city centre, near the University of Manchester campus, is Cornerstone, a day centre providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults.
It’s operated by the Dioceses of Salford on Denmark Road and will serve hot food on Christmas Day from 10.30am until 3pm.
Preston’s roast chicken specialists are going to be open between 11am and 3pm on Christmas Day.
In previous years they’ve served hot Christmas sandwiches to emergency service workers too.
The Cheshire Cheese pub, Warrington
Well here’s a person doing some great things for his community – chef Andrew Dutton is offering a full Christmas dinner for five families at risk of homelessness.
He’s also donating £1000 to buy gifts for children to open on the day itself.
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