A Liverpool restaurant will be opening its doors on Christmas Day to help feed those in need.A Liverpool restaurant will be opening its doors on Christmas Day to help feed those in need.
Thomas Quirk, who runs The Good Burger on County Road, has decided to give up his own festive holiday to bring a hearty meal to those unable to afford it themselves.
The 31-year-old father of two plans to spend his day at the shop serving American-style diner food and drinks, and he has called upon other businesses and charities to join him.
Mr Quirk told JMU Journalism: “I put a post up on my personal Facebook and within a couple of days it had over 1,000 shares and likes. I could see that there was so much interest in people wanting to help within the Liverpool area.”
He said: “We just want as many people to be aware of what’s actually going on on the day and to help as many people as possible. We don’t just want to feed them on the day, send them on their way and that’s that.”
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He has managed to secure help from three local firms, all of which are offering transport from homeless shelters and hostels to The Good Burger and back.
Paul Irving, from Luxe Chauffer Travel, told JMU Journalism: “I was happy to help out. I heard about it and thought it was an amazing idea. We can make that difference and get everyone here.”
All Star Executive Travel and Jones and Co. Luxury Travel will also be helping deliver people to and from the restaurant.
Thomas is hoping to offer more than a meal for visitors and is appealing for any donations such as hats, scarves and gloves that can be handed out from 12-6pm on the day.
He said: “I’m going to be here from early in the morning until quite late at night. I’ve decided that I’m going to eat my dinner from a plastic tub in the shop. Obviously that’s a sacrifice that I’ve decided to make and commit to.”