Waitrose serves Christmas lunch

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There’s just seven more days left when you can contact your local Waitrose shop and apply for support as part of the supermarket’s Christmas Dinners initiative.

Waitrose - with branches in Lewes, Hailsham and Uckfield - has launched an initiative to help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas.

The retailer will help provide Christmas lunch events for people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day and organisers of Christmas meals should get in touch with their local shop, where they can apply for support. The deadline for requests is November 15.

With more than three quarters of a million Brits over 65 saying they always or often feel lonely the support is aimed at cutting these numbers at what for many others is the most sociable time of the year.

The drive will see every Waitrose shop supporting community Christmas lunch events – offering food, money and other resources as well as hundreds of volunteering hours for partners to help plan events (fully paid by the store group.)

Customers are being asked to think of people in their town or village who might be lonely this Christmas and make small actions that might make a big difference.

Each of the retailer’s 300 shops has money and volunteering time to put towards community Christmas dinner events. Groups should apply for this support from their local branch.

Manager Tina Varns said: “This new campaign will complement the work our shops are already doing via their green token initiative.”