Church’s festive dinner fears
Each year, the St Augustine’s family put on a Christmas dinner for anyone in the community who can’t afford to feed themselves over the festive period or those who are alone at that time of year.
But this year, volunteers aren’t sure where the money will be coming from to put on the event.
Caroline Marsland, Food For Thought co-ordinator, said:“We’ve got no funding for Christmas at the moment. It will still happen but in what form we don’t know.”
Almost 100 people attended last year at the church for Christmas dinner which was funded by the St Nicholas Care Fund with 103 people living in supported accommodation given the ingredients to make their own festive meal.
Gifts were also handed out to 100 children in the community.
Now this year, the project is facing 191017FREE_LUNCHES_005 dire consequences with no funds in place to be able to provide the same service.
Rev Kenny Macaulay said:“There’s lots of appeals at Christmas time from different charities but we need people to think locally when they’re thinking about giving something at Christmas time.
“Charity is desperately needed at home and we really need to get that message out.”
Helping hand Rev Kenny Macaulay, Ghislaine Kennedy, Jackie Farquhar, Ricky Kennedy and Caroline Marsland