Spreading the festive spirit

CAFE dinner organiser Kerry Swankie (centre) with helpers Kelly Bennett and her brother, Harry Lobban.
CAFE dinner organiser Kerry Swankie (centre) with helpers Kelly Bennett and her brother, Harry Lobban.

People who are lonely or struggling to foot the cost of Christmas are offered the gift of company and good food by an Arbroath lady.

Kerry Swankie and her band of merry helpers are set to give up their own time to serve Christmas dinner on Christmas Day (Wednesday) in the CAFE Project on Brothock Bridge to anybody who otherwise would be going without.

The drop-in service will begin at 12 noon with all those attending also receiving a small food hamper to take away and entry to a free raffle for shopping vouchers.

Christmas is a happy time for most people in the town, but for some without family or who are struggling financially, it can also be a lonely or sad time.

And Kerry says this is exactly why she wants to give up her time to help others.

She told the Herald: “I helped out at something similar last year and when I found out it wasn’t to be running again, I thought I would just organise something myself.

“There are loads of people who might be feeling down this Christmas or can’t afford it, people like single parents, who might be without their kids.

“So I thought it would be nice to put on this dinner. We can have music and a laugh and they don’t have to worry about the cost.”

Kerry only started organising the event on Thursday, but since then she has been flooded with offers of donations of both food and cash from people and businesses willing to help out.

And after being overwhelmed with the support, now she is hoping anybody who finds themselves in a difficult position this Christmas will go along to the CAFE Project for an afternoon of festive food and cheer.

She added: “Everybody has been so generous it has been unbelievable.

“We’ve had pubs, hotels and restaurants all wanting to help out and we have had donations of dry foods for the hampers.

“We’ve been spreading the word that this is happening so people in Arbroath or the surrounding area know there is a place for them on Christmas Day.”