Shoppers' spirits were lifted by a 'busk-a-thon' fundraiser to help provide food and a safe place for homeless people.

A range of buskers took turns to entertain people in the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre on Saturday (May 9), raising £1,005.47 for Ealing Soup Kitchen.

There were a range of performers including a group of musicians from Notting Hill and Ealing High School, a children’s string group directed by Neil Latchman, and a children’s choir from St John’s School.

Jessica Hailstone, 22, Declan Seachoy, 23, Caroline Hailstone, 22, Emily Fairbain, six

Ealing Soup Kitchen provides food and company for up to 100 people every weekend between 3pm-5pm at St John’s Church, in Mattock Lane.

It is run by volunteers from seven different churches in the borough who organise food on both Saturdays and Sundays.

There is a very social atmosphere and it is a place for people to catch up with friends - both people who provide the food and those who eat it

People also donate clothes, such as winter coats when it gets cold, and a hairdresser occasionally comes in and gives everyone a free haircut.

The Soup Kitchen are always looking for helpers. If anyone is interested, contact: Andrew.