London's Euston station to turn into homeless shelter on Christmas Day

London's Euston station to turn into homeless shelter on Christmas Day”

Network Rail has announced it is turning London Euston station into a homeless shelter for Christmas Day in a partnership with St Mungo's and Streets Kitchen.

Something even more exotic than baguettes is set to be served to a select crowd at Euston Station this Christmas Day, as the station is being transformed into a shelter for the homeless for the afternoon, seeing as it'll be closed to paying rail customers on the big day anyway.

Guests will enjoy Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on the station concourse, served by rail staff volunteers and charity workers.

30 volunteers from Network Rail will be there to welcome diners, along with volunteers from homelessness charity St Mungo's, and grassroots organisation Streets Kitchen.

St Mungo's provides beds and support to 2,700 homeless people each night across England, while Streets Kitchen feed 1,000 people a week.

'Thousands and thousands of my colleagues will already be working on Christmas Day to improve the railway for passengers.

National Rail have made a decision to put the station to good use on Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day, the country's rail network goes into shut down and the train timetables are totally empty leaving a lot of large terminals up and down the country without use for a day.

Streets Kitchen's Jon Glackin said the occasion was being held to try and "spread some festive cheer for our homeless community", and was a combined effort of local businesses, community groups and individuals teaming up to help others over the Christmas period. This will be a fantastic fun day for our homeless friends that we will all hope could be replicated anywhere and everywhere'.

Beth Norden, community and events manager for St Mungo's added: 'Many people become homeless because of relationship breakdowns so Christmas can be a particularly lonely time for some of our residents.

Christmas Day in the United Kingdom means no trains or other means of public transport.

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