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Theresa May praises volunteers at Christmas Day lunch

Theresa May praises volunteers at Christmas Day lunch

James Preston

Theresa May praises volunteers at Christmas Day lunch

Theresa May praised the volunteering spirit of this Olympic and Diamond Jubilee year as an army of willing helpers turned out for a special Christmas Day dinner.

The Maidenhead MP led a round of applause for more than 70 drivers, greeters and cooks who helped make a fun-filled lunch for 90 elderly or homeless people who would otherwise be spending the big day alone.

Guests at the lunch at SportsAble in Braywick Road were treated to a three-course meal including soup, a turkey dinner and home-made Christmas pudding before joining in with a singalong of classic songs and carols led by baritone Charles Luxford and mezzo-soprano Margaret Probyn.

The Queen's Speech then took centre stage as it was projected onto a big screen.

The event, organised by Churches Together in Maidenhead, has been running in various guises for more than 30 years and saw food and help offered from a wide range of charities and organisations, including People to Places, Copas Turkeys and the Advertiser's Cracker Appeal.

Churches Together in Maidenhead president Keith Harrison said: "For me, this is what I consider to be the true spirit of Christmas.

"It is about peace and goodwill for all people."

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