Havering charities spread Christmas cheer with festive lunch
PUBLISHED: 12:32 30 December 2015
Christmas is all about giving back to each other, as two charities in the borough showed.
While many people spent the holiday with their family or friends, a team of volunteers served more than 150 people a Christmas lunch.
At Romford Salvation Army, High Street, volunteers joined forces with Tapestry, formerly Age Concern Havering, to ensure nobody missed out on the most wonderful time of the year.
Community manager Dave Chuck, from the Salvation Army, said he was delighted by the joint effort.
He said: “This year we were able to provide a Christmas Day meal to even more people by working with Tapestry.
“It was great to see so many people enjoying a real Christmas celebration and we were blessed by so many donations towards the meal and lots of lovely hard working volunteers”.
Everyone and anyone was welcomed at the event, which included dinner and entertainment.
Guests enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings followed by pudding and mince pies.
Previously the two charities have offered separate events, but now hope to run the joint dinner annually.
Tony Bloomfield, director of communications at Tapestry, said the day was a great success.
He said: “We had been offering Christmas dinner for the last three years.
“Usually 40 people attend but the collaborative effort this year meant we could open the doors to a greater number of people.
“The Salvation Army have a big hall and kitchen, and our volunteers drove minibuses around Havering to pick up people who may have missed out otherwise.
“It was a great success and we hope to continue the partnership.”
Gemma Robbins-Flowerdew, from Tapestry, thanked all the kind-hearted volunteers.
She said: “We would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their Christmas Day.
“Without them it would not have been possible”.