02:20AM, Tuesday 27 December 2011
True Christmas spirit shone through in Maidenhead on Sunday as a festive feast was laid on for the elderly and the homeless.
Organised by Churches Together in Maidenhead, Christmas lunch was served at SportsAble in Braywick Road for people who would otherwise be spending the day alone.
Nearly 80 elderly guests and 10 homeless people tucked in to food which was prepared, cooked and served by a team of about 60 helpers.
A further 36 nominated drivers were tasked with picking up and dropping off the visitors.
Prior to the lunch, guests were addressed by Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed, Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary Theresa May, and Father Michael Kelleher from St Edmund Campion Parish.
Mrs May wished everyone a merry Christmas and asked them to spare a thought for the Royal Family while Prince Philip was in hospital.
She and her husband Philip were looking forward to spending the afternoon together and having goose for Christmas lunch.
Nancy Rowe, chair of Churches Together, thanked everyone involved in the event for their support.
To volunteer next year visit www.ct-maidenhead.org.uk for contact details.
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