Network Rail and MLSS to serve festive dinner at Birmingham’s New Street Station to 200 homeless people
Written by Tristan Harris on December 21, 2018
NETWORK Rail will be teaming up with the Midland Langar Seva Society to provide a three-course festive dinner to 200 homeless people in Birmingham’s New Street Station on Christmas Eve.
Tables will be set, gifts will be wrapped and the station will be all set for a party.
The dinner will be three courses of vegetarian food, non-alcoholic drinks and entertainment will be provided by a DJ and carol singers.
The Society has won a Queen’s Medal and Pride of Britain Award for its work in feeding the homeless. Midland Langar Seva Society is a charity based on the Sikh principle of ‘dasvand’, which involves giving ten per cent of your time and earnings to help those less fortunate.
Volunteers from Network Rail and Midland Langar Seva Society will work throughout the evening to cater for up to 200 people.
Pat Power, Birmingham New Street station manager, said: “We are really looking forward to hosting this event on the station concourse this Christmas Eve.
“Midland Langar Seva Society do great work nearly every night of the year across the Midlands and beyond, and it’s a pleasure to be able to host this special Christmas treat for the many people they regularly help in Birmingham, by giving them a hot meal and a chance to unwind for a few hours out of the cold.”
Randhir Singh, Midland Langar Seva Society co-founder, said: “We have a Christmas party every year for our service users where we can give them a festive hot meal with a present.
“But this year the fact that we are being supported by Network Rail means that we can actually have the party indoors and give them the VIP service they deserve.
“Everyone will be treated to a three-course sit down meal and Santa with a present for all, a DJ and lots of volunteers from both MLSS and Network Rail to make them feel like part of a family. MLSS is very grateful to Network Rail for supporting us with this event.”
A section of the station concourse will be reserved for the event between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on December 24.