Truck full of love for Spalding Guardian’s old folk festive meal

One of the Spalding Guardian's vehicle's laden with food for our elderly guests attending the Christmas Day meal at the Ivo Day Centre. ANL-151216-141714001

One of the Spalding Guardian's vehicle's laden with food for our elderly guests attending the Christmas Day meal at the Ivo Day Centre. ANL-151216-141714001

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A truck full of love has provided heaps of produce so our elderly guests can feast well at the Spalding Guardian Christmas Day party.

Vegetables grown in fields around south Lincolnshire made the journey back into the county on behalf of the Norfolk-based Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal, who are one of our sponsors this year.

Sharing love is what Christmas is all about and the appeal helps charities do this in a practical way

The Rev Steve Holland

Five local charities, including Boston Women’s Aid which provides two safe houses for vulnerable families across South Holland, joined the Spalding Guardian on Tuesday to collect food palettes from the yard of Martins Produce in Fishtoft, who provided the truck that made the 130-mile round trip to the appeal’s warehouse in Thetford.

Boston Baptist Church Pastor the Rev Steve Holland co-ordinated the delivery. He said: “Sharing love is what Christmas is about and the appeal helps charities do this in a practical way. Hopefully more will take advantage of it next year.”

Volunteers are ready to give the Spalding Guardian’s elderly guests a very special Christmas Day lunch.

This is our second event, after responding to an appeal by readers last year when the Broad Street Methodist Church was unable to continue providing its lunch for those on their own at Christmas. It takes place at the Ivo Day Centre in Albion Street thanks to the generosity of local businesses, councillors and members of the community.