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Salvation Army set to serve up Christmas Day lunch for lonely and vulnerable people

24 December 2014 - 11:18am
| by Joss

The Salvation Army in Edinburgh is reaching out to lonely and vulnerable people by running a Christmas Day lunch at its Gorgie church.

Majors David and Kathy Betteridge will host a short service before joining their team of volunteers and staff from the local Tesco store to help serve up meals to around 30 people who would otherwise be alone.

Major David said: “A lot of people are lonely but Christmas Day accentuates the fact they’re on their own. We just wanted to provide an opportunity for people to be together to share a Christmas Day and not be isolated.

“Even many of our volunteers on Christmas Day are lonely people but are happy to be working and spending time with other people.

“The food will be provided by Tesco, who help us throughout the year with our food bank, and the chef at Tesco and her family will be coming down to cook Christmas dinner.”


Submitted by Elaine Dean on

I think this is wonderful news about people coming together and not being alone for Christmas.
Our Craft Club put on a 'Open House', where all the proceeds were given to The Salvation Army Charity and a fantastic £751.93p was raised. I also have another £84 to send off, which were orders in the pipeline, making the Grand Total £835.93p.
My friends were so supportive towards the 'Open House', that they are eager to do another one. Watch this space.

Well done in all your hard work, not just at Christmas time, but the whole year through.

Kind Regards
Elaine Dean (Mrs)

Submitted by Peter on

Very good work. I was actually trying to find out if there was any Xmas day lunches in brighton.
I've been homeless but have studio flat now. I'm nearly 65 and have no remaining family.
I've spent the last 7 years of Xmas alone in my room. No dinner just sandwiches, soup and maybe a microwave snack meal. I have 10 different tablets to take per day for my bad health, although because of the tablets I'm usually able to get a belt. I live on my own. Wondering if someone could point me in the right direction regarding things that are going on during Christmas in Brighton.
Thank you. Peter.

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