Donated food creates Christmas meal

Jo Buttler,  Donna Skippings,  Roberta Nighy and store manager Ian Maxey
Jo Buttler, Donna Skippings, Roberta Nighy and store manager Ian Maxey

DOZENS of diners enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas dinner at a Bognor Regis church.

They sat down to turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas puddings thanks to kind donations.

Sainsbury’s in the town gave £150-worth of food, including four turkeys, with all the ingredients needed to ensure the Christmas Day meal was a success.

Other donations came from members of Bognor Regis Baptist Church, in Victoria Drive, where the meal took place, and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Organiser Roberta Nighy said: collected the free food in a Christmas Eve shop.

About 60 people sat down for the meal which has become a well-established annual event.

“They are people who are homeless or lonely. We don’t turn anyone away. We see some of them year after year.

“The donation by Sainsbury’s is wonderful. They were good to us last year and they have been again this year.”

Ian Maxey, the store’s manager, said: “We love being involved in the community. As a company, we are proud that we are able to do that.

“This food will help people in Bognor and that’s a good thing to do.”

Mrs Nighy has staged the special meal, which lasts for about two hours, for several years. She is helped by about 15 volunteers with the essential tasks such as setting and clearing the tables and washing up.

She also handed out clothes to any diners who needed them. Jumpers, trousers and other items had been donated to her by members of the public and the hospice.