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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Volunteers Christmas lunch is huge success

17/12/2015

L to R: Firefighters Mick Jones, Dave Harris , Kelly McCulloch, Jordan Money, James Cornish and Thomas Mabley.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service joined forces with Tesco and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rugeley to bring some Christmas cheer to a group of hardworking volunteers today.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a great success, from the companies and individuals who donated items, to all the volunteers from St Joseph’s Catholic Church and staff from Tesco who gave their time to ensure the day was enjoyed by everyone.”

Community Safety Officer Mark Downes

The volunteers from Rugeley’s Soup Kitchen have provided heart-warming food and a vital social lifeline to vulnerable members of the community for almost 30 years.

Firefighters, Tesco staff and members of St Joseph’s congregation today turned the tables on the volunteers and served up a traditional festive meal to them, to say thank you.

Activities included Bingo and Play Your Cards Right and traditional carols were sung by pupils from Chancel Primary School Choir in Rugeley. Santa took time out from his busy schedule to present the prizes to the competition winners.

Community Safety Officer Mark Downes said: “The event was a huge success and the day had a really good community feel about it. The meal was a way of the community giving back to the volunteers who have served it so tirelessly over the years.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a great success, from the companies and individuals who donated items, to all the volunteers from St Joseph’s Catholic Church and staff from Tesco who gave their time to ensure the day was enjoyed by everyone.”

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