PEOPLE IN MORAY who were planning to spend Christmas Day on their own are being invited to share the festivities and lunch in convivial surroundings.
Following the success of previous years, tsiMORAY will be hosting a Christmas Day lunch at the Lhanbryde Community Centre from 12pm to 3pm – at which all who find themselves alone at Christmas are invited to attend.
A three-course meal awaits cooked and served by volunteers from all walks of Moray life.
Jenny Devlin, who will coordinate the day, said: “Social inclusion is relevant 365 days a year and it is important that during the festive season, people are not left in isolation.
“We have obtained a modest budget to cover the bulk of the costs including the food. We are still working on a tight budget but we will have an amazing day, thanks to all those who are supporting us.
“If people are spending Christmas Day alone and would rather not, or know of someone who would appreciate company, we ask they get in touch with tsiMORAY. We would really appreciate people to RSVP if possible, but we will be there with plenty to go around!
“The lunch this year is funded by tsiMORAY and financially supported from local events organised by other organisations. Lhanbryde Community Challenge donates the village centre at no cost, and we are lucky to have support from a huge number of amazing volunteers, including local soldiers and their families from Kinloss Barracks.”
Volunteers are needed to socialise with people over lunch and pick people up from all over Moray, bring them to the community centre and take them home again.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or know someone that should come along are asked to call 01343 541713 or email email@example.com.
Jenny added: “The Christmas Day Jamboree was originally piloted with funding from Age Scotland and focused on those over 60. The invitation list has now been extended to all, with no age limitation – so it really embodies the spirit of Christmas!”