Rustling up Christmas dinner – for 1,000!
A MUM and a team of volunteers have rustled up a staggering 1,000 Christmas dinners for those on their own and in need.
They were then delivered warm and ready to eat to ensure even the most isolated in Greater Manchester got into the festive spirit. The idea is the brainchild of a mum-of-five who now every year gives up her own Christmas to slave away over a hot stove and spread some joy. Eight years ago Natalie Lek, 40, who lives in Swinton, felt compelled to put out a message on social media saying that anyone who was going to be on their own, or who couldn’t afford a dinner, to let her know and she would cook them one.
“I thought it would be about 10 or 15 people” she says. “It ended up being around 70.” And the numbers have grown and grown each year and they expected to cook a thousand this year.
The Launch Project has now become a full-time operation with the project receiving referrals from local councils and charities such as Age UK and the Mustard Tree.
This year she was helped by a team of around eight volunteers to help cook the hundreds of meals requested.