"Instead of moping around at home, I decided to get stuck in at Padley. At least I'll know these people will be getting something nice to eat. More than that, they'll be with friends at Christmas time."
Sue Gardner runs the day centre and is thrilled with the generosity of the public. Boxes of chocolates, toiletries and warm clothes are regularly dropped off there. It means the world to Sue and her team of staff and volunteers.
for 10 months. He cooks hundreds of meals every week.
HE may be outside, huddled against the freezing cold, for most of Christmas Day but at least Francis Southward knows how he's going to get his festive meal.
with his teenage son.
The kitchen will be run entirely by volunteers including resident chef, Paul Inger, 46, who has decided to work unpaid.
Tables at the Derby drop in centre, in Becket Street, will be filled with platters of hot sausage rolls, sandwiches and quiche, and Francis doesn't want to miss the festive spread.
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"Without the Padley I wouldn't get anything to eat on Christmas Day," he said. "It's as simple as that.
"Christmas is lovely here at the Padley Centre," said Sue. "We like to think we're helping all year round but at Christmas we know we are providing extra support to people. We do a good job.
"I see my son," he said. "I see him every fortnight. He's a great boy. He lives with family. He's all right."
chocolates. We wrap them up and give them out on Christmas Day. We rely on donations and so far people have been fantastic. We'd love to think that we'll get enough for everyone to have a present at Christmas."
Most of the food that Paul prepares is donated by local people and businesses.
for most of Christmas Day but at least Francis Southward knows how he's going to get his festive meal
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"This place and the people who come here are important to me. I feel proud to be able to give the homeless people of Derby a decent meal on Christmas Day."
"It means a lot. I've got nowhere else to go on Christmas Day. The staff and volunteers and the people who come here play a big part in my life. I suppose you could say we're a big family."
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In Sue's office, tins of sweets and biscuits are stacked up high on filing cabinets and office chairs ready to be wrapped.
For 13 years, Francis hasn't had a place he can call home. He's currently living in shared accommodation in Derby and is grateful for a roof over his head but it's not an ideal situation.
"I love my job, and that's why I've decided to help out.
"It's going to be the best part of Christmas for me," he said. "I'll be here on the dot of half past ten to get my buffet lunch.
"He's an excellent cook," he said. "That's why I want to come on Christmas Day."
Paul said: "I decided to volunteer on Christmas Day because I don't plan on celebrating much this year. I lost my mum last December so this Christmas won't really feel like Christmas for me.
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For the 42 year old is planning to be first through the door when the Padley Centre opens on Saturday.
The former drug user from Derby is one of dozens of people who have put the Padley Centre at the top of their Christmas list this year.
"I sleep there, but that's it," he said. "I come to the Padley Centre every day for my breakfast and lunch. When it's kicking out time, I wander the streets until I'm cold. Then I go back to the house."
"If someone brings me a leg of lamb, I make a stew," said Paul. "And if I get turkey or chicken, I might do a curry.
For more than three hours, the centre will serve food to Derby's homeless.
Each day, depending on what's in the larder, Paul prepares hot meals for up to 50 people.
Francis, who has been homeless for the last decade, loves Paul's cooking.
"I've volunteered to come in and prepare the buffet," said Paul. "I get paid during the week, but wanted to do my bit for the people at Padley.
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