Firefighters deliver Christmas Eve meals to local community


Today (Thursday 24 December) Arnold Fire Station have been working with Bestop Kitchen to help deliver Christmas Eve meals to vulnerable people within the community.

Bestop Kitchen is a weekly social eating event based at Bestwood Park Church. It started three and a half years ago in response to the growing sense of isolation felt by many in the local community.

In March this year, Bestop Kitchen started delivering lunches to vulnerable people and families in response to the pandemic and the national lockdown. So far, the team of volunteers have delivered over 5,500 meals to hundreds of people.

They also launched a free takeaway meal service in October, which ran weekly. So far, 600 meals have been collected.

Paul Harley, Station Manager at Arnold Fire Station, said: “This year has been an especially tough and challenging year for everyone. It is important that we recognise there are many vulnerable people in our community that either have no one else or have been separated and cut off from their friends, family and loved ones for long periods of time.

“We have a great opportunity to work alongside other organisations to bring joy to some of those that will be spending Christmas on their own. Being able to help the most vulnerable by delivering a Christmas meal and showing how important they are to us, is truly rewarding.”

Chris Easton, Community Minister at Bestop Kitchen, said: “We planned to deliver a festive lunch and a present to around 150-200 older and vulnerable people who live in the community.

“The reason we are doing this is because many of the people we will be delivering them to may be on their own during the Christmas period, and we want them to feel and know they are important and special. As well as the festive lunch, each person will receive a Christmas present too.

“Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service heard about what we are doing and offered to support us with the deliveries, which is hugely appreciated.”

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