Community Christmas Lunch

A Christmas meal for a special community

This Christmas we did something rather special. We partnered with Bisto and asked our stores to nominate a cause in their community who deserves a free Christmas lunch. Over 850 stores took part and our Market Drayton store, who have very close connections to a local cause in their community, nominated to host a meal for Deb and a local charity which she set up.

Deb is a loyal One Stop customer who founded her own charity, JAYS Bereavement Group. The group offers support for anyone who has lost a loved one and was created from Deb’s personal experience.

Eleven years ago, Deb lost her husband and her six-year-old son whilst on a family holiday. As she was taking a photo of them standing on a rock in front of the scenic view they were both swept out to sea whilst Deb watched in horror. JAYS Bereavement Group was set up two years ago in memory of her beloved husband and son, and the group has provided vital support for the local community In Market Drayton and many of the local One Stop customers.

Deb has been through a lot, last year she battled with cancer and still persevered with running the group. The group means a lot to the local community and its important to give something back to Deb for all she does.

Working with Bisto, we organised a local venue in the community to host a Christmas lunch. Bisto brought their very own chefs and rustled up a traditional winter warming Christmas meal for 30 people.

On the menu was a delicious selection of meats from Roast Turkey Breast with All the Trimmings, Traditional Honey & Mustard Glazed Ham to Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Puddings. Sides included OXO Roasted Chateau Potatoes and a medley of Vegetables. For dessert there were festive Mr Kipling Mince Pies and homemade Christmas Pudding with Bird’s Brandy Sauce.

As everyone sat down for their anticipated meal, there was a warm and humble atmosphere in the room. Mouths were watering as steaming Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes were brought out. Christmas is a time for bringing people together and raising community spirit, and that’s exactly what our Christmas lunch did.

One Stop, supporting our local communities.