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
- 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
- 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
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) – email@example.com, 01737 762 115.