Organisers of a Christmas Day soup kitchen have thanked the people of Wisbech for rallying together to help the homeless and needy.
Rosie Mitchell and her daughter Rebecca Peacock were overwhelmed with the amount of people who delivered and donated food and clothing for their soup kitchen, which they ran at Bygones Cafe in the town on Christmas morning.
Although they were disappointed with the number of people who turned out, with around seven people enjoying the hot homemade broth and hot food on offer, they said the response from the public was a “heartwarming eye opener in these days of austerity”.
“The people of Wisbech really did themselves proud,” said Mrs Mitchell.
She told the Citizen they had prepared enough food to cater for 100 people, and had an abundance of warm clothing to donate, but in hindsight it may have been better to hold it on a different day.
But for those who did turn out, it made their Christmas.
“It was still worth it, especially when one of the gentlemen said it had been his best ever Christmas,” said Mrs Mitchell.
None of the food went to waste either, as hampers were made up and delivered to food banks and refuges across the county and into Norfolk.
Another was made up as a small gesture of thought to the family of Seth Dixon, the seven-year-old boy who died just before Christmas after a road accident in Tydd Gote earlier in the month.
Surplus clothing is also being donated to others working with the homeless.
Mrs Mitchell said next year they are planning to take treats and clothing to shelters in the area, perhaps on Christmas Eve night.
Mrs Mitchell thanked everyone who donated food and helped on the day, and also Bygones Cafe proprietor Andy Maul for allowing his premises to be used on the day.
She also thanked the Newton Ladies committee, which offered the proceeds from its Murder Mystery event, but as everything was in hand, it was agreed it would serve another local cause better.