TADLEY Community Church has received a donation of £250 from McCarthy Stone, the retirement community developer behind Yelland Place, to help provide ingredients for its annual festive Christmas Day lunch.

On the day, volunteers will serve more than 80 meals to people who would otherwise be alone at Christmas.

The donation, which was made as part of McCarthy Stone’s wider commitment to supporting local groups and projects in the Hampshire area, will help fund the annual Christmas lunch, held at Ambrose Allen Centre in Tadley.

Basingstoke Gazette: Nathan and Tammi Brown from Tadley Community Church receive a cheque from McCarthy Stone's Paula GilsenanNathan and Tammi Brown from Tadley Community Church receive a cheque from McCarthy Stone's Paula Gilsenan (Image: Contributed)

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On the day, neighbours can enjoy a delicious freshly cooked Christmas meal, plus games, and other activities. There is also time and space to relax and chat if they wish to do so.

Nathan Brown, organiser at Tadley Community Church, said: "We are absolutely delighted that McCarthy Stone has generously donated towards our Christmas Day Lunch in Tadley. It’s so important to remember those in the community living alone with no visitors or family. This money helps us to serve the residents of Tadley and surrounding villages to make sure no one spends Christmas on their own.  The initiative started small, but today has grown into a large annual event, so we would also like to thank all our volunteers for their help organising the event.”

Nicki Beswarick, divisional marketing manager at McCarthy Stone Southern, said: “Christmas can be a very lonely time for older people, especially those who have lost loved ones, or those who are unable to leave the house due to their health.

“Tadley Community Church is such a wonderful community and being able to support this amazing lunch event is an important part of what we do at McCarthy Stone. We are thrilled that our donation will really make a difference at a key time of year.”