Oban is urged to back Hope Kitchen ’s appeal
An Oban charity is asking people to donate £5 to pay for someone’s lunch this Christmas.
Hope Kitchen, which provides food and companionship for those in need, will open its doors on Christmas day from 11am to 3pm.
The festive period is the busiest time of year for Hope and the charity does its best to provide some ‘cheeriness to get people through the long, cold days’.
Last year, the charity hosted a three-course Christmas dinner on December 20 for 38 people, as well as a lunch on Christmas Day.
Hope’s manager, Lorraine MacCormick, said: ‘It’s really important to be open. This is the third year we have done it. We will be the only place that is open for people.
‘I have said we want to involve the whole community – anyone who is on their own, or anyone who wants to volunteer on the day, or if people want to just come in for an hour to give people company. It will be lovely.’ The charity is located at 2 Soroba Road, Oban.
Lorraine added: ‘Wintertime and particularly Christmas can be very isolating and lonely, especially for those who are on their own, so we always try to increase our activities to help pass the time.
‘For a number of years now we have given Christmas-themed boxes filled with the donations we received over the course of November and December.
‘Last year, we gave 55 boxes to local families and individuals in need the week before Christmas.
‘We give gifts like toiletry sets, hats, scarves, toys and books to children and Christmasthemed food’
‘We give small gifts like toiletry sets, hats, scarves, toys and books to children, and Christmas-themed food that people who struggle can’t afford to buy.
‘We would really appreciate donations of these things of anyone is thinking of making a contribution to us this year.’
The charity is also on the hunt for a new exhibition to be displayed in the premises.
The current exhibition is Moving Minds and is about the lives of gypsy travellers.
The one before was designed by Jamie Yates, who turned to drawing while he was in hospital.
The football fan has donated his ‘First 11’ pictures to Hope Kitchen to thank the charity for helping him.
Lorraine added: ‘It was really good and the money raised is coming to Hope Kitchen. People found it really moving.
‘It fitted in with Andy’s Man Club. People saw that you can get better. He is doing really well.’
To make a contribution to Hope, visit www.hopekitchen. org.uk and click on the donate button.
Thirty-eight people enjoyed Christmas dinner at Hope Kitchen on December 20 last year.