A BUSINESS owner wants to give back to the city he was born and bred in by serving free food to the homeless on Christmas Day.
Those without anywhere to go – and anyone else who wants to go along – can grab turkey rolls from Pompey Stand Up, courtesy of owner Kris Singh, on December 25.
The establishment, at The Hard Interchange in Portsmouth, has been open for two years and used to operate from inside a kiosk next to the bus station, before it was redeveloped.
Mr Singh, 33, said: ‘From 10am we’ll be serving turkey rolls, filled rolls, soup, tea, coffee, until about 1pm.
‘We haven’t done this before but see so many rough sleepers and homeless people, and people often buy things from us for them, so I thought it would be nice if we did something.
‘I was born and bred in Portsmouth so I want to give something back to the community.
‘I want to put the word out there that we’re doing this so those without food don’t need to go hungry.’
Kris is just the latest kind-hearted business owner in and around Portsmouth to do their bit for the homeless this festive season.
Billy Willett, who owns the Happy Eater burger van which sets up at the south end of Commercial Road in the city centre, will also be dishing up a free breakfast to the homeless and lonely on Christmas Day between 8am and 11am – a seasonal treat he has provided for five years. He said last year 47 people came along, and expects more this year.
And in Gosport, Victoriana’s Cafe will also open on Christmas Day. Employee Robyn Kirk was herself homeless and on the streets for a while and has pledged to try to make the holiday period more bearable for those at a low ebb.