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Fulwood woman organising Christmas Day lunch to combat loneliness

Posted on - 20th November, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Christmas, People, Preston News, What's On in Preston
St Michael and All Angels Church Pic: Tony Worrall
St Michael and All Angels Church will host the community lunch Pic: Tony Worrall

While Christmas can be a great time to get together with family and friends, it can also be a sad time of year if you don’t have that network.

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That’s why Fulwood woman Laura Mitchell is organising the Christmas Community Lunch.

The lunch will take place on Christmas Day at St Michael and All Angels church hall in Ashton-on-Ribble.

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Although the Christmas lunch isn’t aimed at anyone specifically, senior citizens, widowers and those without a family are encouraged to go along so they aren’t alone this year.

The day will start at 12pm with some entertainment, followed by a three-course meal which will finish at 3pm just in time for the Queen’s Speech. Those attending will be able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie whilst they are watching the speech.

The event will finish at 4pm, when guests will be given a hamper including items such as wine, chocolates and puzzle books.

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Laura already has 22 volunteers helping out at the event – with potentially 15 more.

Laura Mitchell
Laura is organising the Christmas Day lunch with help from a team of volunteers

Laura said: “Last Christmas I overheard a conversation with an older lady about being alone on Christmas and it was so sad to hear. I couldn’t do anything about it then as it was too late, but I wanted to do something this year. It’s been a whirlwind in a good way.

“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.”

There is a Just Giving page where Laura is aiming to raise £1,500 to go towards costs for the day, including decorations, food and the hampers.  

To find out more visit the Christmas Community Lunch Facebook page.

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Do you know someone who would like to go along? Are you hoping to attend? Let us know in the comments below. 

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