It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

6 December 2017

Porchlight Christmas meal at the Oakwood House Hotel

A Maidstone hotel gave people who’ve been homeless a Christmas to remember – by throwing them a fancy dinner party.

This week, the Oakwood House Hotel held a festive feast for some of our residents.

If you’re homeless, Christmas is just like any other time of year - a struggle to survive. Events like this allow people to create positive new memories and are a reminder that others are thinking of them.

Paul Etheridge, Head of Operations – Genuine Hotels, said: “Oakwood House has been working with Porchlight for a number of years and it was our pleasure to welcome back them back for their annual Christmas lunch. At this special time of year it is great to be able to give something to those less fortunate and will continue to support such a worthy cause.”

They were treated to a free three-course Christmas meal in the hotel’s main dining hall. There was also a festive quiz put together by James Villa Holidays, and prizes donated by Scrummi, Tarkett and Bluebird Care. Our partnners from Runway Training were also there to spread some festive cheer.

“We’re really grateful to everybody who made this happen,” says Porchlight’s Kate Boulding. “This meal means a lot to our residents, many of whom have not always had positive experiences when it comes to Christmas. It’s also a chance for our supporters who attended to see the difference we can make to people’s lives by working together to combat homelessness.”

You can help give more homeless people a Christmas like this by donating to Porchlight’s Christmas fundraising appeal.

The money raised will help transform people’s lives and also fund vital services such as our street team and helpline.