Rotary lunch boost for those alone at Christmas

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ROTARIANS and volunteers joined forces to organise a special event to bring a bit of cheer to those who otherwise may have had a lonely Christmas.

On Christmas Day the Rotary Club of Eastbourne held the 33rd annual Alone at Christmas event at the church hall of Our Lady of Ransom.

More than 80 guests attended and were joined by the Mayor of Eastbourne, councillor Carolyn Heaps, Stephen Lloyd MP, Bishop Wallace Benn, Rotary’s District Governor Mrs Lynn Mitchell and the parish priest Father Raglan Hay-Will, who helped volunteers to serve lunch to the guests.

Planning for the event started in August and travel arrangements are made for the guests so they can be collected by car or in one of the minibuses loaned by St Bede’s and Moira House schools.

This year’s event started with a full Christmas lunch of turkey and all the trimmings with Christmas pudding to follow.

Next came bingo, a free raffle, followed by some musical entertainment, carols were sung and there was dancing.

Later, afternoon tea was served including a slice of the Christmas cake provided by the Grand Hotel and a small gift was given to guests before they left.

Both guests and volunteers very much enjoyed their day and many said they were already looking forward to coming again next year!