Thanks for helping serve up festive feast

MAKING A STIR: Rob Swan has thanked volunteers and donors for supporting a Christmas Day meal for people in need.
MAKING A STIR: Rob Swan has thanked volunteers and donors for supporting a Christmas Day meal for people in need.

THE organiser of a Christmas Day banquet has thanked volunteers and people who made kind donations to help feed 60 people in need.

Rob Swan, who has organised the event at a secret location in Hartlepool for the last six years, also said it was a “fabulous day with a fantastic atmosphere”.

The 52-year-old joiner, of Milbank Road, Hartlepool, said: “We had about 60 people come in the end because we always get some people who don’t turn up on the day.

“It was an excellent atmosphere and we had a good number of regular volunteers turn out to help and quite a lot of new ones as well.

“Every year is the best year we’ve done, and this year was exceptional.

“Everything went very smoothly.”

He added: “As a volunteer it’s very satisfying to be able to help someone on Christmas Day. It’s a good feeling and there’s always a great spirit among the volunteers.

“The diners we had were very grateful and appreciative and also had a wonderful time.”

The Christmas Day dinner filled up the tummies of the hungry or lonely with a four-course meal of soup, roast turkey dinner, Christmas pud, and then coffee.

The youngest diner there was eight years old, and the oldest were of pensionable age.

Rob added: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to the volunteers, and also to the businesses and private donators who gave so generously this year.”