Trainee chefs whipped up Christmas roasts for Portsmouth’s homeless this week.

Highbury College’s catering students visited Hope House homeless shelter to cook the festive feast.

The trio served around 50 residents and service users of the Milton Road centre.

Level 2 student Ellie Aldred said the day showed her how grateful people can be for the small things, especially around Christmas time.

The 16-year-old added: “We were able to help people and it was a really good experience.”

Fellow student Niamh Watson said: “I really enjoyed the day, including preparing and serving the meals. I’ve never been to a hostel before and they were so happy we came. We were able to make somebody’s day-it’s just about giving someone something that not everybody has.”

The Christmas spread included turkey donated by Owton’s butchers, and vegetables, Christmas pudding and mince pies donated by Harvest Fine Foods.

Education, Training & Employment Specialist Support Worker Fiona Allen said: “The evening was a great success! Everybody really enjoyed the meal, and myself and the rest of the staff thought the students were organised and well presented.”

This is the fifth year the College has supported the Milton Road centre.

Catering tutor Matt Sussex added: “We’re very proud of our students who volunteered their own time to prepare these meals. Experiences like this allow them to put into practice the skills they’ve learned while giving back to the local community. We’d like to thank Hope House for this opportunity and look forward to continuing on this Highbury tradition.”

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  • Date 14/12/2018