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Sunderland homeless perform Nativity

Nathan King as Joseph and Chloe Martin as Mary with the donkey for the Nativity service at St Andrew's Church, Roker, featuring clients of Centrepoint, Dundas Street.

Nathan King as Joseph and Chloe Martin as Mary with the donkey for the Nativity service at St Andrew's Church, Roker, featuring clients of Centrepoint, Dundas Street.

SUNDERLAND’S young homeless have taken to the stage to tell the story of baby Jesus.

The 10 16-to-21-year-olds from the Centrepoint hostel in Monkwearmouth got involved in all aspects of the production of the community Nativity at St Andrew’s Church in Roker on Sunday.

Centrepoint’s supported housing officer Shaun Graham said: “When Reverend Richard Bradshaw came to us and asked us if we wanted to be a part of it, it started off with us building the stage as many of our young people are quite good at things like joinery, so they’ve been building the stables and painting backgrounds. .

“Then one thing led to another. They didn’t have any actors, so we did that too. They are all homeless, so it’s a bad time of year for them. I’m so proud of them because they are doing something for the community.

“They wanted to give something back, especially since the business community have helped them with things like Christmas presents and bedding.”

 

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