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Hope Kitchen Christmas 2017

Last week Hope Kitchen, celebrated Christmas with a full and festive roast turkey Christmas meal. The Salvation Army Citadel kindly hosted this year’s Christmas Special event as Hope Kitchen’s regular base at Wellington Square was in use with the Snowflake Night Shelter. Event coordinator Katie Harrison said, “We were delighted to welcome Darvell Community back this year again, they always cook the most wonderful Christmas meal for our guests. We are also so grateful for the hospitality shown by the Salvation Army Citadel in hosting us, to the Hastings
Rotary Club for generously funding the Christmas presents each guest received and to the local dementia groups for creating such artistic Christmas decorations. It is amazing to have such fantastic support from these wonderful local organisations and community groups, working together to support those in greatest need in our town this Christmas.  It was a fantastically festive evening, with great food, live music and laughter.   We hope that it will have provided some light relief for those of our guests who find this season particularly difficult.”  At the end of the evening each guest was given a gift bag containing essential items such as thermal hats, socks and gloves, toiletries, and chocolate amongst other useful items.
For any who missed out on Wednesday there was more to come with the Mayor’s visit on the Saturday. Mayor Judy Rogers said of her visit, “I was delighted to be able to spend some time at Hope Kitchen meeting some of the guests and volunteers.  Then going on to chat to some of the Street Pastors before they went out.  Hastings has so many lovely generous people who give their time to help others we are so fortunate.” During the visit, Mayor Judy Rogers also met with Roger Nuttall and team from the St John Ambulance Homeless Service who regularly run clinics at Hope Kitchen on a Saturday night for the guests.