Kent Cricket hosted its annual Christmas Lunch for over 80 service users of Canterbury-based charity, Porchlight, at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence on Monday 16th December.
Volunteer servers from the club’s staff and catering partner, Sodexo, helped with the service and donated food towards the lunch held in the Chiesman Pavilion at the heart of Kent Cricket.
Kent Cricket’s CEO, Simon Storey said: “This is the fifth year we’ve been able to welcome Porchlight to Kent Cricket for Christmas lunch; we are fortunate to have such amazing facilities and we are delighted to open up the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence to Porchlight service users.
“The Club is committed to making a positive difference to the City of Canterbury and our annual Christmas lunch is a small contribution to supporting our wider community.”
“I’d like to thank the members of Kent Cricket and Sodexo staff that volunteered their time to take part in our annual Christmas Lunch and to the team at Porchlight to working in partnership with us.”
Porchlight’s Chris Thomas said: “This meal meant a lot to the people we support, many of whom have not always had positive experiences when it comes to Christmas.
“It gives them a Christmas they deserve and also lets them know that others are thinking of them. This event has become a highlight of the Porchlight calendar.”
“We’re really grateful to Kent Cricket, Sodexo, and Donations With A Difference who gave out presents.”
Porchlight are Kent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people in the county, based in Canterbury.
The charity strives for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.
They aim to change lives by:
- Preventing people from becoming homeless through the provision of timely and personalised support services,
- Providing housing, education, employability and personal development support to the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities
- Challenging negative attitudes towards people who are homeless, living with mental ill health, or living in poverty