We started our Christmas Festivities on Wednesday 8 December with our members Christmas Party at the Cornmill Lodge Leeds.
Members from MHA South Leeds (formerly South Leeds Live At Home) and MHA Rothwell came together to enjoy a fabulous 3 course lunch with Turkey and all the trimmings. With a fabulous singer, and a party atmosphere, we ate, drank, danced and made merry!
We were on a roll then, and swung in to action by preparing and serving the first of our DePuy Synthes of Beeston sponsored lunches.
DePuy kindly donated a mountain of food, enough to cater for two of our Christmas Lunch Clubs, one at St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston on Thursday 9 December, and the second on Friday 10 December at St Mary’s Church, Beeston. They also supplied a gift bag for all members that attended.
Our members truly embraced the Christmas spirit, enjoying great food, entertainment and the company of others. (members were totally unaware that behind the scenes, we were battling an oven that had at this point chosen to give up the will to work!).
With the first week of our Christmas gatherings completed, we sprang into action again with week two, and a Christmas lunch for some of our members at Cottingley Community Centre on Monday 13 December.
Our staff produced a wonderful 2 course meal for the members, even though we were facing the trauma of a second non-functioning cooker in a week.
With grit and determination, we battled through like a Christmas Lunch emergency service!
Tuesday 14 December was an extremely busy day for us here at MHA South Leeds. We had the pleasure of preparing and serving a further two Christmas Lunches, one for our members residing at Crescent Grange, and the other, for our members at Arthington Court.
It has been so lovely, and heart-warming to see so many happy and appreciative faces, as they’ve appreciatively tucked in to a beautifully cooked Christmas meal. It’s amazing to look back now and to realise that a total of 260 Christmas meals have been heartily enjoyed by all.
The week before Christmas, we delivered over 60 afternoon tea boxes to members at their home on Wednesday 22 December.
We finished off our Christmas festivities, with a drop in coffee morning at St Andrew’s on Christmas Eve morning.
A final chance to spread some remaining Christmas cheer with our fabulous members, who have supported and praised us every step of the way.
I think It’s fair to say that the Christmas spirit has been thoroughly spread throughout South Leeds.
This post was written by Amanda Gostin
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