Leeds homeless dining out with Santa

A hundred homeless people and staff of St George's Crypt will be treated to a festive lunch at one of the city's leading Italian restsaurants – Bianco's.

The event is part of a project entitled Cafe Crypt, which involves prominent local business and medical professionals, and is dedicated to finding and securing training opportunities for homeless people.

The project was the idea of neurosurgeon Jake Timothy who said: "Working at the LGI and walking past the crypt and Bianco's for over 10 years it was obvious to see the huge amount of diversity in one

street, this is a great opportunity to bridge the gap, and celebrate all the good work the Crypt is doing. We hope this will let those who have nowhere to go at Christmas know they have not been forgotten."

The lunch is on Tuesday, December 28.

It will include former England and Yorkshire cricketer Ray Illingworth

making an appearance as Santa.

Christine Yorath, a member of the Cafe Crypt committee, said: "it is important to remember that there is always someone less fortunate than yourself, especially at this time."

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