BRADFORD schoolchildren have been collecting food to serve up for homeless people this Christmas.

Westminster Primary School is one of four schools in the city that have been collecting donations for the Bradford Curry Project, which provides hot meals for homeless and vulnerable people.

The Curry Project is one of the organisations based at St Mary’s Church in Barkerend facing an uncertain future since it was announced that the church building is too decrepit to keep helping the homeless.

As reported in the Telegraph & Argus, dangerous electrics, a leaking roof and costly repairs forced the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds, which owns the church, to decide they could no longer allow groups, including Bradford Curry Project and the Welcome Group, to cook and serve food from the church kitchen.

The Diocese has vowed to try find another of its properties to offer the groups.

Three weeks ago the electrics tripped and rainwater poured down walls, forcing volunteers at the Curry Project to cook by torchlight.