VARB’s Festive Feast 2017 – THANK YOU

We are more likely to feel lonely at significant points in our life, such as Christmas, we were very aware of this and in 2016 we decided to organise a Christmas Day Lunch (VARB Festive Feast) for anyone facing Christmas alone living in the Reigate & Banstead area.

Working with the support of local volunteers and businesses, VARB has held this event for two years now.  Over a 100 people took part last year building on the Festive Feasts attendance in 2016 and the feedback we have received highlights that new memories and friendships were created.

“Thank you all so much for giving up your Christmas Day for us and others like us. Wonderful food, fun and fellowship, and also very kind people who collected us and brought us home afterwards”

“This was the first Christmas where I have not been alone for 15 years.  It really meant a lot to me.”

“The volunteers were wonderful.  We were all sat at the same table and the conversation didn’t stop flowing all afternoon”.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the Local businesses that have supported the Festive Feast and our amazing volunteers, without your support this event would not have been possible. 

  • Greener Greens
  • Gerrards
  • Claire Osborne, Give a Christmas Gift Campaign
  • Canon (UK) Ltd
  • RBBC – Councillor Steve McKenna
  • St Mark’s Church, Reigate
  • East Surrey Rural Transport
  • Beauty at Bliss, Tattenham Corner
  • Susy Radio
  • RH Uncovered Magazine
  • Surrey Downs Magazine
  • Chris Gladstone, The Easter Project
  • Tesco – Hookwood
  • Winterbotham Darby
  • The Way
  • Shopmobility
  • Stripey Stork
  • Welcare East Surrey
  • Home-Start East Surrey
  • Redhill United Reformed Church
  • Community Christmas
  • Surrey Sound
  • The Belfry Shopping Centre

CHRISTMAS EVE VOLUNTEERS

JOAO FAISCA IAN DUNSMORE SANDRA TILTMAN
NELSON FERREIRA GARETH PLUNKETT GILL WILLIMASON
SMITTA PATEL GARETH YOUNG CASS WILLIMASON
LUCINDA CAMPBELL SOPHIE HULSTON CARLEY ROSS
JAYDE HUGGETT CHARLOTTE REEVE SHANE ROSS
GINA CRANE HELEN O’HANLON ALISON SELF
JAN BRAGG PAULA HALES KARLA DE BURCA
TONY BRAGG KATE SAWYER ROSS MILLER
SOO MUNNERY MIA FERREIRA TERESA CRAIG
ANTHONY JARVIS ALISON HOPKINS GEORGE CRAIG
JANET LIM HARRIET SILVERSON KATHERINE HOPKIN
PETER O’HANLON ALAN HOPKINS JAVIER RIVERA CANUTO

CHRISTMAS DAY VOLUNTEERS 

ALISON SELF GARY FLITTON NELSON FERREIRA
AMELIA O’LEARY GILLIAN CRAWLEY NIKKI HARRIS
ANDY SQUIRRELL HARRY HOUGHTON PAULA HALES
ANNE ALCOCK JACK REID PETER WHITE
ANTONY PAYNE JAN BRAGG PHILIP WADE
BEN DIXON JANE-ANN PAUL RACHEL WALFORD
BERNIE ROWE JANET LIM ROBERT CRAWLEY
CARLA STAINSBY JESSICA WALFORD ROOHI DURRANI
CAROL HAYTON JOAO FAISCA SCOTT BEDFORD
CHARLOTTE REEVE JOHN JOHNSTONE SEAN SEWELL
CHIARA O’LEARY JON ROWE SHARON REEVE
CHLOE HACKETT JULIA MORAN SMITTA PATEL
CHRIS NICOLAOU KAREN PACK SUSAN GREGORY
CHRISTINE GILLING KATE SAWYER TASHA JOHNSON
CHRISTOPHER SMITH KAYLEIGH NORRIS TASMIN HACKETT
CLIFF WADE LINDSEY SMITH TESS LEWSEY
DANIEL HAZEL LISA DAVID TONY ABBOTT
DANIEL O’LEARY LUCY HOLDER TONY BRAGG
DAVID FREEMAN MADELINE CRANFIELD VALERIE JACOBS
DAVID HIDE MARIA DUMMER VANESSA BESSANT
DEBBEE CHAPMAN MARION DALY VICTORIA MILNE
DEBBIE WADE MARION HOUGHTON WENDY ABBOTT
DES SHEPHERD MAX MORAN
ELEANOR CRANFIELD MEERANI PATEL
FAROUK DURRANI MIA FERREIRA
GARETH PLUNKETT MICHAEL MAGUIRE
GARY AMES NANCY ALDRED

VARB also received over £500 in donations from individuals – either through the Festive Feast My Donate page or during the charity gift wrapping sessions held in the Belfry shopping centre in Redhill.  Thank you for all these donations, again without this level of support the Festive Feast would not be possible.

We have some video footage that our volunteer, Charlotte Reeve took on Christmas Eve  and Christmas Day, we are hoping to put something together with the help of our volunteer  Paul Booker.  Watch this space……

If you are interested in supporting next years Festive Feast or would like more information please contact Mrs Claus (Lisa Irwin) –  lisa@varb.org.uk, 01737 762 115.