AUDIO: Christmas made happier for the homeless

AUDIO: Christmas made happier for the homeless

Published at 6:01am 17th December 2015. (Updated at 3:25pm 17th December 2015)

Homeless people in Harrogate have been celebrating Christmas, thanks to local businesses.

CNG has hosted a special party at the St George Hotel for those who face sleeping rough over the festive season.

It comes as the Harrogate Homeless Project prepares for one of its busiest times of the year.

David Skeet, from CNG, told Stray FM more about the company's charitable work:

The Harrogate Homeless Project is also being supported by The Yorkshire Meatball Co.

David and Gareth Atkinson, father and son co-founders of the restaurant, have launched a fundraising campaign by providing lunch at the charity's Springboard day centre.

From Friday, they will add a discretionary charge of 50p to every bill until the start of 2016.

Money donated by customers will then be matched and presented to the charity.

Gareth said: "We are big champions of Yorkshire - all our products and ales are from the region - and we wanted to extend this love by supporting those less fortunate in our hometown this Christmas.

"The Harrogate Homeless Project provides a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults in our community and the work it does is incredible.

"It was our absolute pleasure to visit Springboard, meet people who use the service and serve lunch for the day - everyone seemed to enjoy it!

"This was a great way to launch our charity initiative - our customers are always so generous - and we hope we can raise as much money as possible for this great cause."

Liz Hancock, Chief Executive of the Harrogate Homeless Project, explains how Springboard supports people day-to-day:

More information about the charity at

Harrogate Homeless Project

David and Gareth Atkinson at the Harrogate Homeless Project's Springboard day centre