Generous staff help feed homeless on Christmas Day

Kind-hearted staff at a Longbenton company have helped many homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged people over the festive period.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 3:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 3:01 pm
Activ Technology's HR director Lynne Gillespie, managing director Ian Gillespie and finance director Michael Hearns (all right) with volunteer Carole Johnson and trustee Jackie Boardman.
Activ Technology's HR director Lynne Gillespie, managing director Ian Gillespie and finance director Michael Hearns (all right) with volunteer Carole Johnson and trustee Jackie Boardman.

Activ Technology helped ensure 100 people enjoyed a hot dinner on Christmas Day after supporting The People’s Kitchen and its ‘Feed a Friend for £5’ campaign.

The People’s Kitchen has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged people in the Newcastle area since 1985.

Activ Technology managing director Ian Gillespie took part in the CEO Sleepout at Durham Cathedral to help fight poverty and homelessness, joining other members of the business community to raise more than £1,000 for local good causes.

Ian said: “Where we can, Activ Technology will always look to support local worthy causes and helping the homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged not just at Christmas but throughout the year, is something we should all look to do.

“We decided, as a company, that instead of sending out Christmas cards we would do something that would really help those less fortunate than ourselves.

“In 2019, we should not be facing a homeless crisis and it is thanks to groups like The People’s Kitchen and its team of volunteers that the problem is not far worse than it is.”

Trustee at The People’s Kitchen, Jackie Boardman, said: “With no government funding, we rely heavily on the good will of volunteers and donations and we would like to thank Activ Technology for its generosity.

“We offer friendship and food for anyone who needs support. We are run by volunteers and 100 hot meals are served most of nights of the week. We also provide clothing and toiletries to people living on the street. We work closely with local businesses, charities and trusts to provide a unique role in meeting the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in our city.

“The feed a friend campaign covers the whole Christmas period and beyond.”