A SOUP kitchen to help the homeless is to open up in Grays on Friday night.
The Friends of Essex and London Homeless made the announcement on their Facebook page.
A spokesperson said: “We are pleased and excited to announce that we are trialling a second soup kitchen in Grays this coming Friday and each Friday throughout December.
We were approached by Ashley who is the Minister of the Socketts Heath Baptist Church to see if we could assist in providing what we do in Charing Cross (obviously on a much smaller scale) as we have the knowledge, experience and infrastructure.
“We have taken on the role and will be providing all the foods, clothes, toiletries, sleeping bags etc along with all our equipment to run a successful operation.
With the increase in homelessness, sofa surfers and lots of people generally straddling the poverty line we are really hopefully we can build this soup kitchen and provide much need relief for those in the borough of Thurrock and surrounding areas.
“If you are aware of anyone that you know are have seen sleeping rough or just in need of some food, clothes etc or a shoulder please let them know we will be outside Grays Baptist Church, Orsett Road, Grays setting up at 6pm and will be starting our service around 6.15pm (approx).
“Ashley has kindly compiled a list of volunteers that will be attending across the above weeks so currently we will not require any additional help at this time but should it all go to plan then we may need potential volunteers to join the team watch this space!”