Birmingham New Street hosts Christmas dinner for homeless

Birmingham New Street Credit: BPM

Birmingham New Street station Christmas Eve meal for the city's homeless has returned once again as a take-out service between 6-9pm.

It's the fourth year the event has been running with Network Rail teaming up with award-winning Sikh charity Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS) to provide hot food for homeless people in the city.

250 people are able to indulge in a three-course festive vegetarian meal, gifts and entertainment on the station's eastern plaza by the taxi rank.Birmingham-based charity the Community Relief Foundation (CRF) will also provide hot drinks on the night.To control the spread of coronavirus, this year's event will once again be outside of the station with a queuing system in place.Steven Ireland, head of stations and security for Network Rail's Central route, said: "We're really excited to be back hosting what's becoming a firm fixture for us in the festive calendar, our Christmas Eve meal in conjunction with the Midland Langar Seva Society."While we had hoped to be back on the concourse inside in the warmth, the changing Covid-19 situation means the safest and surest way to make sure the event goes ahead is to follow our tried and tested take-away plan from last year.

"We can't wait to see people again and spread some festive cheer for those struggling on the streets this Christmas."

Parmjit Singh, Midland Langar Seva Society co-founder, said: "It's great to be back working with Network Rail and local businesses which have made donations for this year's Christmas Eve meal at the station.

"It really is a highlight for people who find themselves living on the streets in the city at what can be a very tough time for them. We're determined to give them a Christmas to remember with carols, food and friendly faces - and even presents from Santa."