If you cooked for many more than a dozen people on Christmas Day you might have some idea of the job the Salvation Army had on...
For volunteers at the Citadel’s Bridge Project, at Raikes Parade, Blackpool, cooked and served up dinner for 49 homeless, vulnerable and elderly people on December 25.
A team of more than 25 volunteers, buoyed by a morning church service and hymn singing beforehand, ensured no one missed out on a bit of festive cheer.
A total of three turkeys, 70 pigs in blankets, 10lbs of potatoes, 8lbs of sprouts and 4lbs of carrots were cooked up for those who had come to the centre.
Programme manager Bev Taylor said: “I just feel blessed that I’m able to give people a nice time and dinner.
“For them to come up to say they’ve had an amazing time is really nice and to give volunteers that opportunity is a good feeling.”
Christmas Day was one of hope for many of those attending the dinner, especially for those served by one volunteer, Bev Taylor, 54, who made use of the services of the Bridge Project herself while homeless earlier this year but who has since, with its support, got back on her feet.
She said: “It’s a life line here, I don’t know what I would have done without it.
“I got myself sorted and just thought I want to give something back, it’s been brilliant.”
Anthony, 25, came to the centre and enjoyed a Christmas dinner he never thought he’d be able to.
He said: “It’s nice, I wouldn’t have had dinner, I would have just been walking around, so to get presents and dinner is decent.
“It’s a friendly place here, there’s a lot of nice people with good hearts. It’s good for people who’ve got nothing.
“Something like this makes me feel like I do actually deserve it, it can be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Bridge Project works as a drop-in day centre for homeless and vulnerable adults having difficulties coping with life.
It was opened in 2002 by Princess Anne and can see more than 100 adults attending each day.