Cafe serves up free Christ­mas din­ner

100 given fes­tive treat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A fam­ily- run cafe in Castlemilk brought some much-de­served cheer to their area by host­ing a fes­tive feast for lo­cals.

The Hide­away at Castlemilk Sports Cen­tre put on a free Christ­mas din­ner for more than 100 peo­ple.

The din­ner was held in Castlemilk Parish Church on Christ­mas Day af­ter will­ing vol­un­teers in the close-knit com­mu­nity chipped in to help make it all pos­si­ble.

Castlemilk’s min­is­ter Rev Sarah Brown said: “For the past few years Castlemilk Parish Church has had the vi­sion of run­ning com­mu­nity meals and host­ing one on Christ­mas Day.

“This year in Au­gust we started the twice-monthly com­mu­nity meals.

“I felt it was too much to ask mem­bers to com­mit their time on Christ­mas Day, given how hard they have worked dur­ing the year. We’ve moved into a brand new church build­ing, dealt with the many ex­tras that have oc­curred due to the move, as well as start­ing new things to fit in with our new space.

“But where there is vi­sion the peo­ple shall not per­ish and it was neigh­bour­ing cafe owner Thomas Rown­tree who came for­ward with a com­ple­men­tary idea and asked if he could run a com­mu­nity Christ­mas din­ner on Christ­mas Day, as his own premises will be closed over the hol­i­days.

“The idea was warmly met by com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses and there have been do­na­tions from hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, schools as well as gen­er­ous in­di­vid­u­als.”

The day was ini­tially meant for home­less peo­ple but was changed to an open event for any­one, rang­ing from fam­i­lies who are suf­fer­ing a bit of hard­ship over Christ­mas to peo­ple who are lonely or do not have many plans over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Many lo­cal busi­nesses helped raise funds for the event and a Justgiv­ing page was set up, which quickly ex­ceeded its tar­get of £500.

Get­ting ready Rev Sarah Brown and Hide­away cafe owner Thomas Rown­tree

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