Students bring Christmas to rough sleepers

Students serve up Christmas lunch and presents for rough sleepers


Local homeless people enjoyed a festive treat from students who laid on a fabulous Christmas party complete with carols, presents and a delicious three-course meal at the University of West London (UWL), this week.

Eleven rough sleepers who receive help from the Acton Homeless Concern charity visited Freddie’s Bar at the Students’ Union for a yuletide celebration on Monday.

They ate a traditional festive lunch prepared and served by students from London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, while a group of talented London College of Music performers sang carols for the guests, who also received gifts of hand-knitted scarves and season’s greetings cards made by London School of Film, Media and Design students.


Ian Breen, Centres Manager at Acton Homeless Concern, said: ‘I was very touched by the effort students put into the party and our clients absolutely loved it. For them it was a nice break from the monotony of being homeless and they especially enjoyed the music, while the lunch was a very welcome treat.’


Ola Arowosekila, project coordinator at UWL Volunteering Service, led the event’s planning and preparation. She said: ‘I’m really happy that our guests enjoyed themselves. At Christmas it’s so easy to forget there are many people who you can help. This event was a great collaboration between Schools and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to making it such a success.’