Music therapist, Joel Huffman, 24 gave up his Christmas morning to donate food to Cambridge’s homeless people after being inspired by a call from city MP Julian Huppert to support the Wintercomfort charity.
Joel, who works with severely disabled people, collected food donations from major High Street retailers, filled a sack barrow and took it to the charity in Cambridge’s Victoria Road.
He decided to act after receiving a card from Julian saying that he had chosen Winter Comfort as his Christmas charity and urging people to give their support.
Joel visited Tesco, Boots, Waitrose, and the Co-op where he was given donations of food, including sandwiches, tea, coffee and biscuits for his barrow.
“I decided to take the food to Wintercomfort on Christmas Day because I thought I have had a lot of nice Christmases and I wanted to help,” said Joel.
“It was an eye opener because some of the men there were only my age and they would be going back out onto the streets and I was going back to have Christmas with my family.
“I was told about their favourite places for rough sleeping but they didn’t sound that desirable and I was wondering what the undesirable ones must be like.”
Julian said: “I am very impressed that Joel took the time to support this charity and gave up his Christmas morning to deliver his donations; he is an inspiration.
“I decided to make Wintercomfort my Christmas charity because the work it does is a hugely worthwhile. It gives homeless people a safe place where they can meet others, get a meal and a shower and be put in touch with agencies that can help them.”
Last summer Julian and his constituency office team spent a morning decorating at the Wintercomfort centre as part of the charity Give and Gain initiative.