Caring volunteers will give their time on Christmas Day to help feed the lonely

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LONELY people will not be forgotten at Christmas as a team of volunteers pledge to make sure everyone gets a Christmas dinner.

Each year, Churches Together provides dinners for people who have no-one else to share the special meal with.

Volunteers can provide for 40 people at St Mary’s Church hall, in Barrowby Road, and can deliver to up to 30 people. There is a strict criteria, as places are limited for only those who are truly alone at Christmas.

Elderly people are the most unfortunate, said organiser Steve De Visme.

He added: “There are fewer organisations dealing with the elderly this year so we need to make sure we reach those in need.”

Those who are unable to travel to the church hall for whatever reason will be paid a visit by a volunteer. They aim to spend around 10 minutes with each person.

Volunteer Brenda Snowball said: “For them, it might be the only person going to knock on their door on Christmas Day.

“We’ll go in and spend a few minutes with them and pull a cracker.”

Supermarkets in Grantham play in integral part in the scheme, donating a total of around £1,200 every other year, which lasts for two years.

Although the scheme is run by Churches Together, the group will help anyone regardless of religious views.

Last year, volunteers were able to help 60 people who would otherwise have been alone and without a Christmas dinner on December 25.

This year, they have expanded the limit to 70 and hope to have as many come forward.

The team of volunteers adds up to around 40, all of whom give up their time on Christmas Day to make someone else’s day a little brighter.

To enquire about a Christmas dinner, call 01476 590074 by December 9.