Why were we not asked to help?

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In ferefence to your article ‘Christmas lunch cancelled’, how important was it that we were all informed of this very regrettable, sad and seemingly unnecessary loss of a generous and important service to the community.

I have indeed been aware over the years of the provision on Christmas Day of Christmas lunch, company and transport to the House of Friendship. Whatever Christmas may mean to us individually, this service seems to go to the heart of the Christmas message.

A few years ago when I offered services for the day, I was informed that there were already enough volunteers.

Why, why did the organisors, Churches Together, not put out an appeal or an advert of some sort in good time for this year? Having spoken to friends living locally, many of us would have come forward. Did they really try – and fail – to find enough volunteers to make possible the continued provision of this valued service?

It’s presumably too late now for this Christmas Day but please may we have the opportunity to offer for the next?

Meg Griffiths

Lewes