Thurrock community group bringing the lonely together this Christmas

Last year's Christmas dinner proved popular

Friends of Hardie Park holding another community Christmas for residents on their own

Following on from the success of last year, a community group in Stanford-le-Hope is again planning a Christmas day dinner for residents in and around the area who would otherwise be alone over the festive period.

Friends of Hardie Park held their first community Christmas last year providing free transport, gifts and entertainment.

They catered for 32 guests who ate, drank and socialised together along with a team of dedicated, local volunteers.

Rob Groves, Chief Executive of Friends of Hardie Park, said: “There are many people locally who will spend Christmas Day alone. There are some families for whom Christmas is a struggle. Friends of Hardie Park want to change that. Having already outgrown our own building, we are teaming up with Fresh Hope Community of Victoria Road Chapel to host the meal again.

“The response last year to our appeal for donations of food, gifts and money was overwhelming and we are confident that the community will give generously once more.”

Members of the public are invited to nominate a guest, donate, get involved, provide transport or help in any other way. Visit and click the Christmas Day meal tab to register.

Mr Groves is available on 07803 295374


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