NHS Trust teams up with Belong Care Village to host Christmas dinner for vulnerable families

Bridgewater held a Christmas dinner for local vulnerable families at Belong Care Village in Wigan on Tuesday 18 December.

NHS Trust teams up with Belong Care Village to host Christmas dinner for vulnerable families

The event was aimed at vulnerable families who are currently being supported by the Trust’s Health Outreach and Inclusion Service.

It featured a traditional Christmas dinner, children’s disco and appearances by an Elf and Princess Elsa. Father Christmas also made a surprise entrance and gave out presents to the children who attended.

Mags Sanders, Community Link Worker for Bridgewater’s Health Outreach and Inclusion Service said:

“Many of the families who came along to the Christmas dinner event have faced some really difficult challenges this year. They were all incredibly grateful to be invited and it was wonderful to see the children with huge smiles on their faces.

“However, the dinner would not have been possible without the generous donations from our staff in Bridgewater who helped raise funds through a Festive Friday event and raffle.

“We also want to thank Belong for donating the use of their facilities and Co-op Food for providing the food for the dinner free of charge. Special thanks also goes to Belong staff who not only donated their time to cook the dinner and make the event a success, but also enabled presents to be provided for all the children by sacrificing their end-of-year ‘thank you’ fund from Belong, choosing instead to gift it to this cause.”

Gill Menguy, General Manager at Belong Care Village, said: “It was a privilege to be able to host this very special Christmas celebration and when our team learned about it, they were quick to suggest foregoing their own Christmas gifts to provide for the children instead. It seemed the least we could do.”

Find out more about how the Health Outreach and Inclusion Service support homeless and vulnerable people in Wigan borough on their webpage.

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