A CAFE is opening its doors on Christmas Day to provide a free lunch for the homeless and vulnerable in Warwick.
Debra Deakin usually enjoys a family Christmas with her husband and 14-year-old daughter, but this year the trio, along with three family friends are spending the day at Cafe 31.
They will open their cafe doors on Coten End between 12.30pm to 3pm to the homeless, vulnerable, elderly and anyone else who faces spending Christmas alone.
Debra wants to serve a three course meal to those in need after she realised just how many people would be on their own on December 25.
She told the Observer: “Owning a cafe is really like a community. I get people from all walks of life through the doors and you soon realise how unfortunate some people are.
“Some people are really struggling right now.
“Rather than it being just the three of us on Christmas Day we wanted to give something back to local people who really deserve it.”
Along with a free meal with all the trimmings, they are hoping to present all guests with cards and gifts.
While they have already had some donations of drinks, crackers, hampers, cakes and even haircuts, the family is still appealing for support to make the day extra special.
They calling on anyone who wants to donate gifts, time, or could lead a short carol singing session on the day to get in touch.
A fund-raising page has also been set up so the family can buy gifts for the guests and added special items for the day.
Debra added: “The response we have had from people wanting to come has been excellent. We have just eight places left which I would love to fill.
“Any donations to help make this Christmas Day the best ever for our guests would be much appreciated.”
Call Debra on 01926 718651 or visit www.gofundme.com/f/giving-back-looking-after to donate.