Singer Will Young lends support to new soup kitchen in Newbury

This report by Mike Pearse

Singer Will Young was in Newbury to support the launch of a new soup kitchen in the town. It provides not only food but practical support to the homeless.

Will Young celebrating the launch with a cake

The voluntary organisation behind it provide help, support and a meal to the homeless. 

Staff in the new soup kitchen van

Will, who grew up in nearby Hungerford, said the project was vital to the wellbeing and mental health of the people they help.

Newbury soup kitchen was started by Meryl Praill, who herself has suffered financial hardship and wanted to help others. 

It's also twenty years ago that Will had his first audition for Pop Idle. His latest album is out next week. 

Cutting the ribbon to launch the new van

And his celebrity endorsement of the soup kitchen couldn’t have been more welcome.