Newcastle’s homeless helped by HMP Low Newton staff


For the past few years, the healthcare team at HMP Low Newton have been swapping their Secret Santa gift exchange for donations to help out charities in their region.

This December, a volunteer-run organisation called The People’s Kitchen (TPK) was the chosen charity – helping to buy a local homeless person a Christmas dinner.

Founded in 1985 and based in Newcastle, TPK is a safe haven that provides friendship, food and mental wellbeing support to those who are living on the streets.

For the last seven years, TPK has run a homeless campaign known as a ‘Feed a Friend for a Fiver’. This year has seen an even greater demand for the charity’s help, with their Christmas meal campaign only raising a quarter of what they’ve raised in past years.

For just £5, a warm three-course Christmas Day meal can be provided to a homeless person. Low Newton’s healthcare staff have bought 41 dinners to date, with this number rising daily.

Kim Hogg, Head of Healthcare at Low Newton, said, “Our team’s swapped our Secret Santa for dinners for the homeless. We are delighted to be able to play a part in helping such a worthwhile cause, especially during a time of year which is difficult for so many”.

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