Ellie Goulding will spend Christmas Eve (24.12.14) serving food to homeless people.

The charitable singer will help out at a shelter all day and insists it's important for her to give something back to those less fortunate than her.

Speaking before her Streets of London benefit show at the Shepherd's Bush O2 Academy on Wednesday night (17.12.14), she revealed: ''I'm volunteering all day at a shelter. I've done it for a few years. It's fun and part of the reason I run my gigs.''

The 27-year-old pop star has helped out at the shelter for several years and says it's her way of trying to give people a little bit of Christmas spirit.

She added: ''It's not just people who are homeless in the shelters but also those who are lonely and don't have someone to spend time with. I was chatting to a guy last year who was a musician from Africa who had found himself homeless. The thought of someone not having a Christmas...''

Ellie - who is dating Dougie Poynter from McBusted - feels sympathetic towards those without homes because it is something which could have happened to her if she had been unsuccessful in her career.

She said: ''It's so scary because it happens so quickly and to anyone. It could be any of us.

''I was pretty much by myself in London. I had a room but not a family home - I had to go back if anything went wrong. My situation was a luxury.''

Following a day spent working at the shelter, the 'Burn' singer said she will be hosting Christmas Day (25.12.14) at her new home and will be joined by her 27-year-old beau Dougie for the celebration.

She explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''I'm scarily hosting this year. I'm veggie and Dougie is veggie, so I'm in charge of desserts.

''A while ago, I got a new house so I'm finally going to move into it and will host it there.''