‘I serve Christmas lunch to the Community’
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.