The Bridge serves up festive dinners to Leicester’s homeless community
The Bridge Homelessness to Hope served Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings to 70 people (including takeaways) on Christmas Day.
Chef, Ian Bremner and volunteers enjoying a well earned sit down after the day's festivities.
Guests from The Bridge started the day with a continental breakfast, then watched Christmas movies together before sitting down for a three-course meal which included leek and potato soup to start, a traditional Christmas dinner and either cheesecake or Christmas pudding for dessert.
The meal was prepared by Ian Bremner (pictured opposite), a chef lecturer at Leicester College, who along with his family, colleagues and staff from the charity, prepared a fantastic Christmas Day service.
Supporters of the charity including Amazon, Next and Family First Nursery Group, along with local church groups also donated gifts to Bridge. The presents given out on the day to the diners included a backpack, a water bottle, a toiletry gift set, a Greggs voucher, and chocolate goodies.
“Serving Christmas dinner to our guests is an annual commitment and despite the current challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we felt that it was vital to look after those in our community who are vulnerable and less fortunate. We know that this time of year can be particularly difficult for those who may not have immediate family or be surrounded by loved ones. We hope that our support, along with the kind generosity of donors, will bring some much-needed cheer and comfort in the current environment.
“We are so grateful to Ian and his family for his involvement in this initiative, along with the time that our staff and volunteers devoted to helping some of the city’s most vulnerable people. Their efforts make a huge difference to people’s lives and is needed more than ever at this time of year.”
David Fawcett, Operations Manager at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope