A COMMUNITY-led Christmas Day meal for lonely and vulnerable people catered for record numbers in 2013, its organiser has said.
Volunteers at All Saints Church, in Branston Road, Burton served a slap-up dinner for 80 individuals, couples and families and gave out another 16 takeaway meals.
The event, organised by Rev Nigel Irons with the help of Burton YMCA, aimed to support those who were lonely or struggling to make ends meet during the festive period.
Rev Irons told the Mail: “This is the largest number of people we have ever fed in the 11 years the meal has been running.
“This is probably a reflection of the tougher financial environment in which we are living at the moment.
“During December we asked the YMCA to give out flyers to everyone who came to them for a food parcel letting them know about the meal and some of the extra people who came were as a result of this.
“The meal is run by Burton church leaders as an expression of God’s love to our community at Christmas time.
“But we also have lots of help and volunteers from all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs working with us to make it happen.
“It’s great to see so many people who have a genuine concern for those in need coming together to help people in this way.”
Rev Irons also expressed his gratitude to the Mail, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Murray’s Funeral Directors, Wellings Funeral Directors, Burton Albion and Highfields Happy Hens for supporting the event.
He added that he expected the event to take place this year as well.