THE organisers behind a heart-warming Christmas Day feast for those who would otherwise have spent the festive season alone are “overwhelmed” by the support and feedback they’ve received.
Sarah Scupholm and seven other Wainfleet natives put on a festive meal in Wainfleet Community Hall in Rumbold Lane on December 25.
Almost 20 people took them up on their offer of a hearty meal in good company.
And the positive feedback they have received from local businesses and the diners themselves has left the group feeling “overwhelmed” and “emotional”.
Speaking to the Standard, Sarah said: “The whole event was a resounding success and emotional.
“There were 19 people there and the atmosphere was buzzing. Many people said it was so much better than being on their own.
“We were quite overwhelmed by the generosity and Christmas spirit around,” she said.
Diners have heaped praise of the organisers.
One couple said: “The memory of the Christmas lunch will linger long after the season is past.” While another dinner added: “It made our Christmas day so special. It’s good to see the community getting together in this way.”
The diners paid a small fee for their lunch to cover the cost of purchasing some of the food, but the organisers were able to offer them the money back thanks to the huge support of local businesses.
The diners instead offered to donate the money towards the fund for a new hall.
Sarah has thanked all of those who donated towards the event. These included the Waynflete Charitable Trust, and Esther Scott from Scott’s Jewellers who made cup cakes for the meal and donated goodie bags containing mini bottles of port mince pies and shortbread.
Robert Bell from Bell Brothers Nurseries in Bennington also donated poinsettas to make the event suitably festive.
Sarah has also hailed those who helped out on the day - Robin Bryant and Judy Howsam, Brian & Gillian Cockayne, Roy & Sue Pegg and Mark Wilde.
The success of the meal has resulted in another lunch this Saturday, January 14. It will again be held in the hall (formerly the OAP hall) at noon for 12.30pm. Tickets cost £3.50 and are availble from Good News in the Market Place, Wainfleet.