Christmas cheer for homeless

Homeless people are to enjoy a Christmas meal courtesy of generous Walton residents.

Walton Village Residents Association has raised more than £1,200 for the Whitechapel Centre through cabaret afternoons and bingo sessions since September. It will be used to help fund a meal for people on Christmas Day.

Also benefiting is the Hope Project, which will use £550 to distribute clothing such as hats, socks and scarves to homeless people.

Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, will present the organisations with cheques at a Christmas party being held for Walton residents on Monday 16 December.

Councillor O’Byrne said: “This is a very welcome donation which will go to help make sure that the most needy in the city don’t go without this Christmas.”

In total, Walton Village Residents Association has raised £4,000 for charity so far this year.

Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People, said: “This is brilliant news for two very deserving organisations.

“This is a win-win all round as the fundraising also gets some of our older residents out of the house and meeting people which is good for their health and wellbeing.”