Ellie Goulding spends Christmas Eve volunteering with homeless women

Ellie became patron of the charity last week Credit: PA

Chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding has called for people to help break the "stigma" of homelessness as she spent Christmas Eve volunteering at a centre for vulnerable women.

The Love Me Like You Do singer headed to the Marylebone Project in London, armed with presents of essential items, and chatted to some of the women who use its services.

She became patron of the charity last week.

She said she wanted to get involved in trying to help the homeless after realising the situation "visually seemed to be getting worse" thanks to rising housing costs and cuts to charity funding.

Ellie became patron of the charity last week Credit: PA

"It's not just about having a roof over your head and somewhere to stay," she said.

"A lot of these women have lost confidence and it's just getting them back into something they enjoy, something they are good at."

The Marylebone Project is a registered social landlord run by the Church Army and the Portman House Trust.