These are some of the people who help Sikhs feed the homeless outside M&S

Food is handed out three times a week

Members of Nottingham's Sikh community meet up three days a week to cook hot meals for the homeless in the city - but those who volunteer are not all Sikhs.

Guru Nanak's Mission Nottingham cooks over 200 meals every week, requiring as many volunteers as possible - and many who identify with the Sikh principle of Seva (service without expectation of reward) give up their evenings to cook and serve the meals.

The meals are cooked across three gurdwaras, which are Sikh temples, in Old Basford, Lenton and Sherwood on separate evenings.

NottinghamshireLive spoke to some of the volunteers about what motivates them to give up their time and help feed those in need of a hot meal.

Tom Jachmann, who is not a Sikh himself, said that he has kept coming back to help after he was "smiling all the way home" when he helped for the first time.

The 21-year-old said: "I was told about it through a friend and now I try to come down at least once a week. If I can do more evenings, then I'm happy.

...Tom and others were preparing over 160 vegetarian burritos - in keeping with Sikh custom of a vegetarian diet- last week, which had kidney beans, soybean, salad and rice in them.

Also on the menu was Indian rice pudding, and hot chai was also made to be handed out.

Helping prepare the meals was Ozan Obadi, who is also not a Sikh and describes himself as a "spiritual" person.

Ozan, also 21, said: "I have been doing this for four years. In school, I had a Sikh friend and he invited me down and I just loved the feeling of helping people.

"It made me feel good to do something like this so I kept coming back.

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Ozan Obadi, volunteer with Guru Nanak's Mission Nottingham (Image: Nottingham Post/ Gurjeet Nanrah)

Raj Singh Sehdev, 33, said that the Sikh community feels inclined to help others because everyone who helps is "blessed to start with" and is unlikely to have "seen real struggle."

He added that it is "fundamental that Sikhs do not turn anyone away that needs help".

The estate agent from Aspley said: "God has blessed us with food and clothes. when you grow up you start to see that not everyone is as blessed.

"The energy we put into the cooking is that of peace, love and understanding.

"We know we can't solve all of homeless people's problems, but we can make sure they aren't starving and then sometimes they really open up to us."

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