‘I serve Christ­mas lunch to the Com­mu­nity’

Woman (UK) - - Real Life - ✱ To find out more, visit openchrist­mas­great­yarmouth.org

Teresa Rum­ford, 47, lives with her daugh­ter Ivy, nine, in Lut­ton, out­side Peter­bor­ough

af­ter I got di­vorced in 2014, money was tight. Last year, on sick leave and with ben­e­fits be­ing our only source of in­come, I had to break the news to my daugh­ter Ivy that she’d get less presents. I said that we were lucky to have a house and a hot din­ner, and some peo­ple were much worse off.

Ivy’s al­ways been thought­ful and po­lite, but what she said next I wasn’t ex­pect­ing. ‘Can’t we help them?’ she asked.

I promised to look into it and af­ter some re­search on­line, I came across the char­ity open Christ­mas, where vol­un­teers gave away pre­cious hours of their Christ­mas to help the el­derly, lonely and home­less.

So on 25 De­cem­ber 2017, Ivy and I went to a huge sports hall, decked with tin­sel and lights, and dished out Christ­mas din­ners. around 400 peo­ple turned up, and Ivy made me so proud as she gave out raf­fle tick­ets and danced with the older ladies to Christ­mas songs. She loved it!

This year, we’ll be go­ing back to open Christ­mas in Great Yar­mouth, near where my par­ents live, to see some fa­mil­iar, friendly faces and to spread some Christ­mas cheer.

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