A mum of four has praised the efforts of residents and businesses in the Newmarket area in supporting a Christmas Day meal for vulnerable and isolated people.
Kathleen Das from Burwell has been overwhelmed by the response she has received in organising the annual Churches Together Christmas lunch at Newmarket’s Roman Catholic Church Hall.
Among the town businesses that have donated items to the event, which this year will cater for 120 people, are The Pantry, Waitrose, Nancy’s Vintage Tea Shop and the Bedford Lodge Hotel.
Primary school and pre-school pupils in the town, including those from Fairstead House and Paddocks Primary School, have also played their part in baking cakes for the meal which is open to anyone alone regardless of age or religion.
“It is unbelievable the amount of people that have volunteered to help and give up their Christmas Day to make this happen as it ensures that people who would otherwise be alone enjoy a good Christmas get together,” said Kathleen.
“For those that have been unable to help on the day they have donated items instead which is great.
“Word has spread about this so quickly. There really is a good community spirit out there among the people of Newmarket.”
While it will be all hands to the pump at the church for the 35 year old, who has four-children under the age of six, she will still enjoy part of the day at home with her family.
“I am sure I will be up early at 6am with the children,” said Kathleen.
“It is good for them to learn at an early age though that everyone is not as fortunate as they are and hopefully it makes them appreciate Christmas a lot more.”