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Supermodel Campbell works in soup kitchen to help homeless

PUBLISHED: 18:42 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell has been rolling up her designer sleeves this week to begin a community service order in a soup kitchen in London's East End. It follows her assault on police at Heathrow Airport. The 38-year-old arrived by limo on her first day at the Whitechapel Mission drop-in centre in Whitechapel road, where she is carrying out 200 hours of community service—and was sent straight to work on helping out with paperwork

Gemma Collins

SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell has been rolling up her designer sleeves this week to begin a community service order in a soup kitchen in London’s East End.

It follows her assault on police at Heathrow Airport.

The 38-year-old arrived by limo on her first day at the Whitechapel Mission drop-in centre in Whitechapel road, where she is carrying out 200 hours of community service—and was sent straight to work on helping out with paperwork.

The Mission centre provides food, showers and shelter for the homeless for 130 years.

Campbell is helping out as a punishment after admitting to kicking and spitting police officers at Heathrow in April in a row over lost luggage.

Naomi is no stranger to community service. Last year she had to clean toilets and sweep floors in New York for the city’s sanitation department after assaulting her maid.

She could be getting her hands dirty at Whitechapel, cooking and serving up the mission’s famous breakfast which brings in around 150 homeless people a day from 6am.

Or she may give a helping-hand in sorting out the clothing store, ready to give much-needed clothes to East London’s homeless.

Naomi—whose punishment stint has been the focus of the national press this week—was all praise for the soup kitchen after her first stint this week and invited her new volunteer-friends to her London charity fashion show next week.

She told the Daily Mirror: “I had a great time. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming.

“I’ve invited them to my show and they’ve promised to come—I just want to keep my head down and get on with it.”

But reports have revealed her new co-workers were not so star-struck. One worker at the mission told the paper that she was “treated like a princess.”

He added: “It’s usually pretty grueling work—but not for her. She was friendly enough and said hello but she didn’t look too chuffed”

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