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Kate Garraway and Martin Compston help launch homelessness cafe

Celebrities including Kate Garraway, Martin Compston and Ashley Roberts attended the launch of Social Bite’s new coffee shop in London – aimed at ending homelessness

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Social Bite opens its first coffee shop in London

Martin Compston and Kate Garraway are among the celebrities who helped open a new coffee shop in London this afternoon – aimed at ending homelessness.

Social Bite is working towards this goal using members of the homeless community – and those with a background in homelessness – at their first UK location.

It operates a post-pay program through which people can pre-purchase an additional meal or hot drink for the homeless in exchange for at a later date.

The charity – which already has five coffee shops in Scotland – opened its new London location today, welcoming a host of celebrities to the launch event.







TV presenter Kate Garraway (left), charity founder Josh Littlejohn MBE (centre) and actor Martin Compston (right) during the launch of the new coffee shop
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The event included Line of Duty star Compston, 37, and Good Morning Britain co-host Garraway, 54. Other guests in attendance included radio host Chris Evans, 55.

Speaking at the launch, he said: “Having seen the work Social Bite does in Edinburgh, I’m delighted to hear of the opening of their London coffee shop.”

He said the rate of homelessness in the capital was “alarmingly high”, adding that it was a “very scary time”, especially due to the Covid pandemic and rising cost of living. high.







Radio host Chris Evans was also present at the premiere
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Evans added that charities like Social Bite – founded a decade ago – give people “the opportunity to help and make a difference to those in need.”

The radio host was joined at the opening of the new store by a host of fellow celebrities, including musicians Martin Kemp, 60, Matt Willis, 38, and Ashley Roberts, 40.

Josh Littlejohn MBE – who founded Social Bite as a small sandwich shop with Alice Thompson in 2012 – was also present at the launch of the first UK establishment.







Martin Kemp visited the cafe for its launch event
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The flagship store, located in Edinburgh, is said to have grown into a charity initiative to end homelessness after a homeless youth came in looking for a job.

The cafe has received visits from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, and George Clooney, 60, since it opened. Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, also visited.

The charity targets one in four of its employees coming from homelessness, with the new London store described as an “incredible milestone”.







Matt Willis and Ashley Roberts joined a host of other celebrities at the premiere
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Speaking at the event, Littlejohn said: “We are delighted to be able to open a new coffee shop in central London. It is an incredible milestone for all of us here at Social. Bites.”

He said that “there are many major charities already operating in London,” although expressed the charity’s belief that the new store could still have a positive impact on the capital.

Commenting on this ambition, he explained at the launch: “We truly believe that our social impact program can change lives and offer something unique.”







The new coffee shop opens earlier today
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Littlejohn – who created the global campaign The World’s Big Sleepout – said the charity has helped thousands of lives and is “delighted to bring this change to the streets of London.”

The new Social Bite cafe is on the Stand near Covent Garden in London.

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