Volunteers who had served dinners on Christmas Day to isolated elderly people were thanked this morning at a celebration event here at South Derbyshire CVS.
The Volunteer Centre team was joined by 16 volunteers who taken time out from their own Christmas Day to cook and deliver a Christmas dinner. This scheme has been running for a number of years, organised by Alan Jeffrey, himself an active volunteer, with support from the Volunteer Centre team.
At today’s informal event, we served coffee and cakes and presented the volunteers with certificates to show our appreciation of their commitment.
South Derbyshire is now the only area of Derbyshire, and very probably of the East Midlands, where volunteers provide Christmas dinners. Speaking at today’s event, Volunteer Centre Manager, Dave Thomas, said,
“When I came to South Derbyshire a year ago, I was surprised that there was a need for volunteers to provide Christmas dinners, and it’s great to know that there are people who are willing to provide them.”
Dave continued, “We will continue to provide that link between Social Services and volunteers for as long as we are needed, so with continued support, this scheme will certainly run next year.”
One of the volunteers, Margaret Chester, was enthusiastic in her praise for Alan Jeffrey’s coordination of the scheme.