This year, thanks to a generous donation from the Taxi Charity, Russell Square Shelter Keeper Katie Simmonds Will be serving free Christmas lunches to homeless or lonely veterans.
On 18th December the Russell Square Shelter will be serving a roast Christmas dinner with all the trimmings between 10am and 10pm to the homeless. This will be the fourth year that Katie has supported the homeless at Christmas and the first time she is specifically looking to help homeless and lonely veterans. In addition to the lunch Katie is wanting to give her guests a little bit more and she is hoping that cab drivers, London residents and businesses will donate hats, socks, toiletries, underwear, chocolates and biscuits, that can be packed in shoeboxes and wrapped to be given as much needed Christmas gifts.
Katie Simons, Shelter Keeper says: “ this year I am serving Christmas lunch for homeless and lonely veterans and I’m delighted that the Taxi Charity is supporting the day. I love London and despite the perception that people in London don’t have time in their busy lives to stop and help, I’m always so very touched by the support I received from my fellow Londoners to help those in need.”
Gary Belsey, Chairman of the Taxi Charity says: “The Taxi Charity was formed 70 years ago by London’s licensed taxi drivers to support veterans of all conflicts and when Katie approached us to assist her in providing a free lunch for homeless or lonely veterans in London we were very happy to help.”