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Ilford friends film video in central London on Christmas Eve to show helping homeless is “cool”

PUBLISHED: 12:48 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:58 05 January 2016

O'Real Killian video

O'Real Killian video

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A group of friends filmed a video of themselves distributing bags of food, drinks, toiletries and clothing to the homeless on Christmas Eve to show how helping others can be “cool”.

O’Real Killian, 24, from Dagenham, together with Amanpal Singh, Kieren San Miguel and Claudine Gachette, school friends from his time at the Palmer Catholic Academy, Aldborough Road South, decided to bring “some Christmas love” to the homeless.

The radiologist at Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, said: “Around Christmas time, people start getting greedy and those people have nothing at all.

“We thought it would be a good deed to go around and make them feel they are not forgotten.”

The group of friends bought 30 bags, which they filled with dry food, drinks, socks, white wipes, tooth brushes and tooth paste and little presents and distributed them to homeless people on the streets in Ilford and in Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus.

“They were so many homeless in central London,” said O’Real Killian who had given money to charity before but had never helped people directly.

“It inspired us because we could see how people were affected. It was quite an emotional night because people were so grateful but at the end of it, we felt really good.”

Through their video, O’Real Killian and his friends wanted to raise awareness about the homeless problem in London and encourage young people to take part in similar actions.

They now hope to organise distributions in London several times a year and set-up local teams which could go out to help those on the streets on a regular basis.


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