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Indian Restaurant Makes Meals For Hundreds Of Homeless People

Indian Restaurant Makes Meals For Hundreds Of Homeless People

Christmas is fast approaching, and while for many of us that means trips to the festive markets, nights out with friends, and presents, for thousands of rough sleepers it is the most dangerous time of year.

According to the latest estimates, there are 4,677 people sleeping rough across the UK, struggling every day to find enough food and water to survive and a place to spend the night.

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But while many walk past them in the street, a restaurant in Glasgow is working day in, day out to help the most vulnerable people in the city.

For the past four years, manager Muhammad Sultan and his team at Charcoal Indian Restaurant - which is owned by Asad Iqbal - have been donating meals to rough sleepers and homeless shelters across the Scottish city.

Staff handing out free food to the homeless. Credit: Charcoal Indian Restaurant
Staff handing out free food to the homeless. Credit: Charcoal Indian Restaurant

Speaking to LADbible, Muhammad said they couldn't stand by and watch as people starved on the streets.

The 40-year-old said: "No one wants to be homeless, there is always a reason behind it.

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"And we shouldn't think negatively about those who are, we need to be positive.

"I cannot see poor people sitting on the road with nothing while we are lucky enough to have everything, so I thought at least I can help them by giving them something to eat."

The manager added: "It can't be solved by one person alone, we have to work together and I will do it until my last breath."

Muhammad and his team have been handing out food for the past four years. Credit: Muhammad Sultan/Charcoal Indian Restaurant
Muhammad and his team have been handing out food for the past four years. Credit: Muhammad Sultan/Charcoal Indian Restaurant

Staff at the restaurant go out into the community three days a week, serving a variety of freshly-cooked dishes to anyone who needs them.

And on a Monday and Tuesday, homeless people are invited to go to Muhammad's restaurant and pick up a meal to take away, free of charge. They have also pledged to hand out necessities such as sleeping bags and hats to rough sleepers over Christmas.

Customers have praised the restaurant for their work.

Karl Connor was in town for a gig on Saturday night and stopped by Charcoal for a meal.

He tweeted: "They sent out dozens of trays of food to a local homeless shelter. Fantastic example of a caring business."

Staff provide free meals to rough sleepers and shelters three days a week. Credit: Charcoal Indian Restaurant
Staff provide free meals to rough sleepers and shelters three days a week. Credit: Charcoal Indian Restaurant

Speaking to LADbible, Karl said it's sad to see businesses having to come to the rescue but that it was heartwarming to see.

"I don't see much homelessness where I live in rural Cumbria, but whenever I visit a city you are confronted by the harsh reality of life in Britain in 2019. It's desperately sad and, I believe, shouldn't have to happen in a civilised society.

"We've got to be able to protect people, and most of us are only really one or two different decisions at key points in our lives from being in that position.

"It's great to see a business like Charcoals stepping in and plugging a gap."

Featured Image Credit: Muhammad Sultan

Topics: Food, Interesting, Scotland, Glasgow, Homeless

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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