On Christmas Day over 70 local people spending Christmas alone received a home delivered Christmas Lunch, afternoon tea treats, choice of drink, a quiz (with answers) and a bag of presents. This was a record breaking number of recipients and was all thanks to Vicky Ellis, her team and volunteer delivery drivers.
Vicky’s grandparents, Nigel and Joy Kerton, started the Christmas Day lunch eighteen years ago after hearing that a Marlborough resident had been alone with a tin of salmon and a piece of bread on Christmas Day.
When it became clear, that due to the pandemic, the Christmas Day lunch could no longer go ahead in the Town Hall, Vicky and the team, chef, Mark Shires, Jessica Nixon, Joy Kerton, Claire and Kevin Ellis, Simon, Paula and Jamie Amor decided to go ahead with home delivery.
After the event, Vicky said, “Wow ! What a lunch, and also a record breaker. The biggest Christmas Lunch of all time! Thank you everyone for your help. We smashed it!
A special thank you to Sue Brady Catering for the use of her brilliant kitchen facilities, Sumbler’s Butchers for kindly donating all of the meat, Tesco for donating all the veg, Waitrose for the gift card and all the very generous people of Marlborough who donated gifts.
Finally, a huge thank you to our amazing team who have worked so hard the past 2 days, from preparing all the veg, to wrapping all the presents, cooking and preparing the hot food and afternoon tea and our lovely group of volunteers who delivered the meals and provided welcome company to people who’d otherwise be alone at Christmas.”
The recipients of the meals enjoyed a socially distanced doorstep chat with the person delivering. Eunice Stevenson spoke to Marlborough.news, and said, “It’s a wonderful idea. I’m very grateful. Please convey my thanks.”
The 60+ volunteer drivers also expressed their gratitude at how efficiently the meals and presents were packaged up ready for collection and were pleased to have contributed in a small way.
Kate and Andrew Trowbridge, who were delivering meals, told Marlborough.news, “It’s a brilliant idea and an amazing way to spend Christmas. It makes sense to do this. We won’t be seeing anyone else today and it spreads some Christmas cheer. I’m very aware there are a lot of lonely people.”
First in the queue for the deliveries was Wiltshire Cllr Jane Davies who said, “This is a brilliant initiative. Well done to the Ellis team and Sue Brady Catering. This has been a brilliant year for helping others and the silver lining in Covid.”
And a last word from Vicky, “We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person next year! Well done everyone – what a team.”