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Neston volunteers to provide lonely with free Christmas Day lunch

Businesses welcome to contribute to the cost or provide food

Warm hearted volunteers in Neston are putting on a Christmas lunch free of charge for anyone in their community who will be on their own on Christmas Day

Warm-hearted volunteers are putting on a Christmas lunch free of charge for anyone in their community who will be on their own on Christmas Day.

The gesture includes individuals and couples in Neston and the surrounding areas of Little Neston, Parkgate, Willaston, Ness and Burton.

The lunch will be held at the community hall of the United Reformed Church on Parkgate Road, Neston at 12.30pm.

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It is free of charge but if people want to ‘pay it forward’ by responding to the volunteers’ kindness by being kind to someone else. they can make a voluntary donation to the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead.

The mission feeds the homeless every day of the year including Christmas Day.

Volunteer Louise Irvine explained: “Some of the volunteers had helped at other Christmas lunches for the homeless throughout the region.

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“We wanted to do something in our town to help our community.

“We know that we don’t really have a huge homeless problem in Neston but we do from working with various organisations that we have a lot of people who are lonely, especially the elderly and are sadly on their own on Christmas Day.

“We decided last year to try out the idea and had 23 people. This year we have bigger premises and can now cater for 40 people.

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“We also have community transport so it makes it so much easier for us to collect those who are housebound.”

She added: “This year we thought that ‘paying it forward’ was a great idea.

“Providing the lunch free of charge was always our intention but we know that the majority of people can afford to pay something, so we decided to make it a voluntary contribution to the Charles Thompson Mission so that they can put the money towards feeding the homeless on Christmas Day.”

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Local businesses who wish to contribute towards the cost or donate food for the community project can contact Andrew.Irvine12@btinternet.com.

To register contact louiseirvine111@icloud.com, telephone 0151 336 1468, mobile 07948 400296.

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