Vulnerable OAPs enjoy Christmas dinner in Romford

Havering’s older residents got into the festive spirit recently by enjoying Christmas dinner at the YMCA in Romford.

Havering Council organised the event so that some of the borough’s most isolated and vulnerable population could enjoy themselves during the festive season.

A roast dinner with all the trimmings was served and followed by entertainment from Sanders Drapers Signing Choir and the Queen’s Theatre.

There was also a raffle with prizes donated by Asda Romford.

Volunteers helped out at the event, supporting people to and from buses, as well as serving the food and clearing the tables.

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Father Christmas and one of his elves also helped out on the day, providing entertainment and helping to serve the food.

Cllr Steven Kelly, cabinet member for Individuals, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for people to get out and enjoy themselves and get into the Christmas spirit. For some, this might be the only opportunity to have a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

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“We hope to work with the voluntary sector to hold more events like this in the future to help people socialise with others in order to keep people mobile and healthy. We don’t want people who live in Havering to struggle to go out or feel lonely at any time of year.

“I’m really pleased that the event went well and I also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the day extra special.”

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