Making a difference this Christmas
Last Christmas our colleague Laura Mitchell overheard a conversation with an older lady in a local supermarket about being alone on Christmas Day, which made her think about how she could help make a difference this year. As a result, she created the ‘Christmas Community Lunch’. The aim would be to make sure senior citizens in the community who may not have anywhere to spend Christmas Day, didn’t spend it alone.
Laura set to work to find a venue, volunteers, transport and donations to make the day a success. Once she had confirmed everything was in place she began to promote the event. Through radio interviews, newspaper articles, leaflet drops and social media the word soon spread. She found herself with a team of volunteers prepared to give up their time to help with the day and over 55 members of the community who wanted to attend.
“I want to thank everyone for being so amazing and contributing to the cause. As well, I want to thank my workplace Places for People who have been fabulous, specifically the procurement team”
The day took place at St Michael and All Angles Church Hall in Ashton-on-Ribble with Millers Taxis providing transport to and from the venue for those who needed. The day started at 12pm with some entertainment from a well know singer Stephen Bayliss followed by a traditional three-course Christmas meal which finished at 3pm just in time for the Queen’s Speech. The event finished at 4pm and all guests were given a hamper to take home including items such as wine, chocolates, puzzle books and more.
Laura added “The day exceeded any expectations I had, and literally nothing went wrong, everything went to plan. The fantastic volunteers got stuck in, which allowed for me to mingle with all the attendees, hear their stories and enjoy their company. I, as well as the volunteers involved went through every emotion possible that day, but I can honestly say I am so proud at what we achieved, and I really hope these types of events will continue in the future”.
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