BURTON Albion and its suppliers are helping a Burton church offer a Christmas Day meal to homeless and vulnerable people.
Up to 80 volunteers and visitors will be enjoy a traditional Christmas meal at All Saints Church on Branston Road, Burton.
Burton Albion’s catering team have stepped up to make sure the menu is all provided with generous donations and support from Booker Wholesale and other companies and individuals.
The food was then delivered to the church today by Burton Albion Community Trust with Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough and club captain Shaun Barker dropping in to wish the church well with its plans
Nigel Clough said: “This really is the true spirit of Christmas and we are delighted that Burton Albion can help the church and all the volunteers deliver a meal and make it a special day for so many people.”
Joy Jackson, whose husband Keith cooks the meal on Christmas Day,said: “We have been involved for 13 years but it was already running before that. There are 26 volunteers on the day. It’s tiring but everyone loves it. There is a great atmosphere.
“It’s humbling as everything is donated. As far as the church is concerned it’s about showing the love of Jesus to the public on a day when instead of being all about consuming, here it’s all about giving. And people are so grateful, so it’s really worthwhile doing it.
“As well as Burton Albion we would like to thank Faccenda for the turkeys. Mercury Car and Van Hire, Murray’s Funeral Directors, Helen’s Bakehouse, Lifestyle Accountancy for the goodie bags that people take home as well as some personal donations.”
The Christmas meal will be served at 12.30pm. The church likes people to let them know they are coming if possible, but they can just turn up on the day.
“There is always an abundance of food, so we would sort something out,” says Joy. “We can comfortably seat 80 in here so anyone who wants to come is welcome.”