AN INCREDIBLE 40,000 people will soon be sitting down for Christmas lunch thanks to Bracknell-based food retailer Waitrose. Thankfully, not everyone from that 40,000 will be sitting around the same table – just think of how many sprouts are needed for that lot!
The company launched a campaign aimed at providing a festive meal for elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in their local community. Local groups were encourahed to contact their nearest branch to arrange an event and hundreds of applications were received by the retailer’s 302 branches.
Waitrose is supporting just under 500 events across the country, with nearly 40,000 people set to benefit from the campaign. The supermarket is donating money towards food and other resources for the lunches.
As well as these donations, Waitrose Partners are volunteering to plan and attend the events, using hours from the Partner Volunteering scheme whilst being fully paid by Waitrose.
One of the beneficiaries is the Suffolk Lodge Care Home in Wokingham. They will be enjoying a fantastic Christmas celebration from 2pm on Friday, December 20.
The event opens with a selection of festive songs from the 1920s upwards, sung by local caberet singer Lynne Turner. Guests will also enjoy a raffle and a buffet served by staff from Waitrose’s Wokingham Store.
Caroline Parkin, personnel manager from Waitrose (Wokingham) said: “It is fantastic to be working with Suffolk Lodge Care Home to support their Christmas party. There is a team of us going along to help out at the event, and we’re all really looking forward to spreading some festive cheer in our local community.”
Suffolk Lodge activities coordinator Rebecca Craker said: “We’re over the moon that Waitrose has decided to help us make our residents’ Christmas that extra bit special this year. Their £750 donation will really make a difference, and we are happy that we’ve begun building a relationship with such a great company.”
Waitrose is delighted with the way in which people have responded to the campaign.
Waitrose Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager, Tina Varns, said: “It is fantastic that Waitrose branches are supporting 40,000 people in their communities over the festive period. Our Partners are really excited about the events and looking forward to working with local causes to spread a little Christmas cheer across the country and make a difference.”