English Championship football club Sunderland opened the doors of its Stadium of Light to homeless and vulnerable people at the weekend to help them shelter from atrocious weather conditions.

The UK has been battered by a heavy storm over the past week, bringing with it heavy snow, bitter cold and freezing conditions.

With northern England one of the worst-hit areas, Sunderland moved to help those in need in the local area by creating a special warm-room, complete with places to sleep, as well as hot food and drinks.

Those who used the facility were also able to being pets with them.

In addition to offering shelter, the club put out a call to the local community for donations of food or clothing to help those using the stadium as shelter.

The room will remain open until at least this (Monday) morning, but should the weather conditions not improve today, the club may allow visitors to stay longer.

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