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Community spirit helps Quakers with Christmas dinner

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 January 2014

Saxmundham Waitrose's Christmas Isolation Campaign has collected £750 for Age UK Suffolk and Leiston Quakers.
L-R Vicky Hutchinson (Age UK),Colin Barber, Sheila Ellis (Waitrose), Clive Denton (Waitrose), Rose Barber, Ethel Roberts.

Saxmundham Waitrose's Christmas Isolation Campaign has collected £750 for Age UK Suffolk and Leiston Quakers. L-R Vicky Hutchinson (Age UK),Colin Barber, Sheila Ellis (Waitrose), Clive Denton (Waitrose), Rose Barber, Ethel Roberts.

Leiston Quakers held another successful Christmas Day for those
who would otherwise
been alone thanks to donations from within the community.

With a new gas cooker from John Lewis thanks to a £1,500 grant from Waitrose through their ‘Tackling Isolation at Christmas’ initiative, food was
prepared for just under 30 people.

The new cooker was installed by gas engineer Martin Keeble.

The guests, who arrived in a Christmas decorated minibus that was provided by the Coastal Accessible Transport Service (CATS), enjoyed a turkey from Leiston butcher Challis,
and vegetables from Geoff Platt.

The East of England Co-op also gave some vouchers to fund the meal.

Colin Barber, treasurer for the Quakers, said: “It all came together and worked really well.

“Everyone went home happy and full.”

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