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Haggerston's By The Bridge cafe will give free food to the homeless on Christmas Eve

PUBLISHED: 14:03 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 20 December 2017

The By The Bridge cafe

The By The Bridge cafe

By the Bridge

A café in Haggerston will throw open its doors to serve homeless people on Christmas Eve - and is appealing for cash and donations to give them some winter warmers.

Those in need will be able to get soups, sandwiches and biscuits at By The Bridge Café in Kingsland Road on Sunday.

Owner Hande Sezgin also hopes to distribute bags of hats, socks, scarves and gloves as well as women’s hygiene products.

She came up with the idea after a staff meeting.

“Someone made a joke about coming into work on Christmas Eve, and then I got to thinking that we should do it,” she said.

“One woman who I saw sitting outside Tesco in Spitalfields hit home. It’s got to be horrendous.

“If I’m struggling with the cold I can’t imagine what it would be like for these people.

“I know to have some hot food and drink is not going to take everything away, but it’s a bit of an escape for them, and a few hours away from that situation.”

Hande has been spreading the word at homeless shelters.

She’s hoping to raise £250 for the cause, and has hit £170.

To donate, visit gofundme.com/xmas-warmers.

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