Royal Bank of Scotland hosts homeless Christmas dinner

Royal Bank of Scotland hosts homeless Christmas dinner

Royal Bank of Scotland joined forces with Social Bite to host a Christmas dinner for people who’ve experienced homelessness.

The dinner took place in the bank’s boardroom at St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh.

Royal Bank is a long-term supporter of the work Social Bite is doing to end homelessness. Since 2016 Royal Bank has supported Social Bite through donations, gifts-in-kind, and strategic help totalling over £1million. Royal Bank employees have raised more than £100,000 through sponsored sleepouts, abseils and Christmas appeals.

Royal Bank of Scotland hosts homeless Christmas dinner

Taking place on 19 December 2023, those attending included residents and staff from Social Bite’s Village in Edinburgh, run in partnership with Cyrenians to provide a supported community which helps people affected by homelessness to lead an independent life. Social Bite plans to open two new Villages in South Lanarkshire and Dundee over the next two years.

Judith Cruickshank, chair of the Royal Bank of Scotland Board commented on the collaboration, stating: “Building on our long-term support for Social Bite we are helping to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for some of the most vulnerable.”

Sara Rees, director at Social Bite, added: “We are so grateful for Royal Bank of Scotland’s support. They have played a key part in a number of transformational projects helping people break the cycle of homelessness, and it is really special that they have created this Christmas experience for the residents of the Village.”

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