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Fareham’s volunteers marked Christmas Day in traditional style with Christmas Day lunch at St John’s church hall. The lunch is a firm fixture in the community calendar and brings together volunteer helpers with guests who would otherwise be alone on the day.
Community First’s Fareham office coordinates the event, which offers every guest a 3-course Christmas lunch with wine, afternoon tea, a Carol sing-a-long, a raffle and gifts to take home. Guests have the option of free door-to-door transport provided by volunteer car drivers or Fareham Community Transport minibuses. Donations from local businesses and individuals enable the day to be offered free of charge.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford and Mayor Consort Alderman Brian Bayford took time out of their own Christmas celebrations to come and chat with guests and volunteers. The Mayor remarked: “It was so special to join the amazing team today. Well done to everyone.”
There was special praise for the chef team of Petty Officer David Gray from HMS Collingwood and Lieutenant Richard Anderson based at Dartmouth who, with their respective partners Natalie and Emma, served up more than 100 hot meals.
“The success of the day depends entirely on the strength of the team.” said Jennie Romicheva, who manages the event for Community First. “We had an exceptional team of more than 50 volunteers, who really showed us the true spirit of Christmas.”
“Thank you” to everyone who took part to make this such a special day!
The feedback from guests on the day says it all:
“Absolutely brilliant day! It couldn’t have been better spending it anywhere else.” Janet
“You put on an amazing day.” Barbara
“Such a wonderful Christmas lunch.” Janet and Robert
“The food was perfect!” Pamela
“The volunteers were so friendly and attentive.” Diane and Tony