Volunteers are determined to spread some festive cheer by ensuring that lonely people in the new city do not feel left out this Christmas.
We might associate the season of goodwill with shopping for presents, primping for parties and dealing with last-minute chores but Christmas is really all about spending time with family and friends.
Together at Christmas is a temporary committee of volunteers who will hold a free festive lunch for 100 people at The MK Christian Foundation, in Wolverton, on 25 December.
Together at Christmas aims to cater for anyone who may be spending Christmas Day by themselves – not just the elderly.
Volunteer Tracey Jarvis said: “People can be alone at Christmas for different reasons, such as the death of a loved one, living far from relatives or because of social isolation.
“We have identified a need for these people in our area as there are no other services to cater for them on this special day of the year.”
The Together at Christmas team aims to unite local people, helping them to feel included, needed and valued – this benefits both volunteers and those who are seeking company.
This will be the second year of Together at Christmas and volunteers are still needed to support the initiative.
Drivers, helpers who can commit to a couple of hours on Christmas Day (between 8am and 4pm) and anyone who would like to entertain the guests with music, dance or comedy are urged to contact Together at Christmas to support the event.
If you would like to volunteer or are interested in attending the Together at Christmas lunch, call lead volunteers Tracey, Nadia, Tina and Zainab on 07938 794040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.