Oban is urged to back Hope Kitchen ’s ap­peal

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By David McPhee dm­[email protected]­times.co.uk

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.

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