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Homeless pregnant woman and six children to be hosted at chef's home for Christmas

Generous unemployed chef had made the offer on TheJournal.ie last week to cook Christmas dinner for a homeless family.

A 41-YEAR-OLD unemployed chef who wishes to be known only as Liam is going to make a family’s Christmas dream come true by hosting them in his own home and cooking them Christmas dinner.

Liam, who prefers to keep himself out of the limelight, contacted TheJournal.ie last week with the incredibly generous offer. He had lost his mother just three weeks earlier and, motivated by the reports of hundreds of families without permanent homes this winter, said he would like to host one of these families in his rented apartment and give them a happy Christmas together.

Now, it seems, his offer has been heartily accepted by a pregnant mum, her six children and her partner, who were recently evicted from their home.

Councillor Noel Rock, who became aware of Liam’s offer through TheJournal.ie’s story, put the family in touch with the generous chef. He said:

The woman in question seems very taken aback, overwhelmed and delighted by the gesture.

Liam – who tweets healthy, affordable recipes at @BiaMaith and on Facebook - is now busy making last-minute preparations to prepare the feast for eight people – but says that while he has the food element taken care of, he needs help with some of the other aspects to making the day as great as possible for the family – transport, clothes and presents for the children.

He told TheJournal.ie that he doesn’t want individuals to pledge their hard-earned money or Christmas treats but rather that he’s hoping companies could reach out and donate some clothes or toys to the day. He’s asking people to share his appeal updates on social media to make it happen.

If you represent a company interested in helping out, contact Liam directly on his Twitter account here - or on his Facebook account here.

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