WHILE most people were enjoying their Christmas, lunch a small army of people in Bury St Edmunds were giving up a large part of the day to help the needy.
More than 80 volunteers were involved in helping to bring about the 24th annual lunch organised by the Gatehouse charity, held at St Benedict’s School.
As well as serving the three-course lunch to more than 100 people, volunteers also transported them to and from homes.
Gatehouse chief executive Amanda Bloomfield: “The day again went very well and we must thank all those who gave their own time to make sure others were not left at home by themselves on Christmas Day.”
All the food was provided by local companies and volunteers added to the festive occasion with some carol singing too.
Most of those attending were from Bury, but some others were brought in from surrounding villages.
Chief guest was the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Christopher Spicer.
Gatehouse provides services for the needy at its centre Dettingen Way.