You are all amazing! That is the verdict of everyone here at the Spalding Guardian after the overwhelming support for the free Christmas Day party we are organising for anyone who would otherwise be alone on the big day.
The Ivo Day Centre in Albion Street is looking festive and welcoming, thanks to a donation of decorations from Baytree Garden Centre, sherry for the reception is being provided by Dave and Caroline Higgins of the Lincolnshire Poacher, turkey and all the trimmings are being donated by Simpsons butchers in Spalding, Sainsbury’s is providing puddings and drinks and we have had some cash donations to buy anything else that’s needed for the four-course meal and a few surprises, including from councillors and staff at Social Services.
We’ve also had lots of help with the meal from readers. Valerie Waller, of Long Sutton, has baked a two-tier Christmas cake, Beverley Mackey of Spalding is providing trifles for anyone who doesn’t like Christmas pudding and NFU members are providing the vegetables.
Sharon Rogers is donating melons and tangerines as an alternative starter.
And reporter Kat Wakefield will also be busy baking mince pies to round off the meal.
An army of volunteers is ready to go to the Ivo Day Centre on Christmas eve to prepare the vegetables and set the tables.
Ben and Chris White are co-ordinating transport – and the entertainment.
Chris said: “We are planning to have a good festive singalong, but would be interested to hear from anyone willing to give up a few minutes of Christmas day to entertain the guests.”
There are still a few places left for anyone who would like to join us at the party.
If you would like to book for the meal or could offer entertainment, call 01775 765415.