Bespoke Inns spread Christmas cheer

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Bondholder Bespoke Inns is offering a free Christmas Day lunch, from one of its restaurants, to those most in need in the local elderly community.

The Dragon in Willington, will provide a plated lunch with all the trimmings, which will be delivered by volunteers direct to the door of pensioners in Willington, Findern and Repton.

The new initiative aims to lift the mood of any pensioner who lives alone in the village and may be lonely on the big day.

Lee Carvell, director at The Dragon, said: "We know that loneliness is a real ‘killer’ whatever your age and being lonely on Christmas Day must be one of the worst feelings every year.

"A friendly face, with a simple Merry Christmas and a hot lunch will certainly brighten anyone’s mood and make their Christmas Day.

"Even more so if the person is worried about money and not able to afford a good meal."

The restaurant's chefs have agreed to work overtime to cope with the additional demand on an already busy day.

Mr Carvell added: "We will be very, very busy on Christmas Day but our chefs have agreed to come in earlier to make sure everything is prepped and ready.

"The Dragon can cater for large numbers and whilst we know this will be a challenge, our team of chefs will make it happen and happen well!"

The meals will consist of roasted bronze turkey, apple and chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, sprouts and carrots.

To apply those interested must contact The Dragon, or get someone to do it on their behalf by December 20. You can call 01283 704149 or contact Phoebe Gray via email phoebe@bespokeinns.co.uk.

Bespoke Inns have already been inundated with volunteers who will deliver the Christmas lunch to those in need in return for a free drink.