SINGLE mum Kate Raynor has organised a hot food Christmas drop-in for homeless people in Barnsley.

The meals will be served on three days - December 27, 28 and 31 - from 4pm to 6pm at St George's Church, York Street. Packed lunches will also be available.

Kate, a project manager at Bartec Auto ID, already volunteers one day a week at Barnsley Churches Drug Project.

The project runs a drop-in serving food three times a week to homeless people, but Kate wanted to provide the service for another three days over Christmas week.

She used Facebook and the phone to rustle up more volunteers and donations of food and warm clothing.

"My milkman donated 32 pints of milk, market stalls are giving fruit and veg and we've also got donations from local butchers, bakers and my children's school," she said. "We're delighted that people are so generous, especially in this economic climate."

Kate, who lives in Silkstone, is expecting around 30 people each day to use the drop-in. She added, "It's fine if people just want to come in for a coffee and a warm. Christmas is a time people can feel dejected and lonely, imagining everyone else happy and cosy in their houses with all their presents."