More than 120 people attend annual charity Christmas lunch in Bury St Edmunds

Gatehouse Christmas lunch at St Benedicts School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Gatehouse Christmas lunch at St Benedicts School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

It was a day to remember for 123 people who turned up for the annual Christmas Day lunch organised by the Gatehouse charity, in Bury St Edmunds.

Gatehouse Christmas lunch at St Benedicts School in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Jim Herrington a

Gatehouse Christmas lunch at St Benedicts School in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Jim Herrington and Elaine Channen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

They had come from within the town and some of the surrounding villages for the traditional meal which was held at St Benedicts School, in Beetons Way, and was also attended by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Terry Clements.

There was entertainment on the day including the sing of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and the guests left with a present.

Amanda Bloomfield, the CEO of Gatehouse, which is based in Dettingen Way and has organised the event for over 25 years for the vulnerable, lonely or those in need, said: “It was very successful, lively and a happy day made possible by the volunteers who helped on the day and a thank you to the local businesses that helped to provide donations to make the day possible.”

In all there were 85 people who volunteered at the event including drivers who ferried the guests to and from their homes to the event and those who cooked and served the festive fayre.


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