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Christmas lunch to bring festive cheer to city's vulnerable

Swansea is once again coming together to spread festive cheer to people in need at a special Christmas event.

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JR Events and Catering, with support from Swansea Council, is throwing open the doors of the Brangwyn Hall on Thursday December 19 to dish up a free two-course Christmas dinner for people in Swansea who are vulnerable, feel isolated or may be homeless.

Lasting from noon until 3pm, the 'Together at Christmas' event will also see local businesses provide other free services including a barber and hairdresser, while there will also be a clothes bank, food bank and sanitary bags containing items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and feminine hygiene products.

There will also be representatives from a range of services and charities providing information on assistance available.

It comes as more support than ever before is being put in place in Swansea to help the homeless or anyone at risk of becoming homeless during the winter months.

Swansea Council is working very closely with its partners to ensure that no one who needs or wants a bed or accommodation in Swansea will be without this winter.

Jessica Rice, Director of JR Events and Catering, said: "This is the fourth year we have staged the 'Together at Christmas' event and it keeps going from strength to strength.

"There is an open invitation for anyone who is vulnerable, anyone who is homeless or anyone who is lonely and isolated to join us for the afternoon.

"The meal will have all the Christmas trimmings and there will also be entertainment on the day.

"Everyone deserves some happiness at Christmas, so we hope the event will give festive cheer to as many people as possible in Swansea who need our support."

Free transport will be provided with pick-ups at 11.30am from  the Phoenix Centre in Townhill, Caer Las on The Strand and the Glynn Vivian on Alexandra Road.

Drop-offs will be at 3pm.

Jessica said the support received from businesses had again exceeded all expectation but she is hoping a dentist and chiropodist could volunteer their services.

JR Events and Catering is also collecting clothes, including coats and jackets, as well as food parcels, and if anyone would like to contribute they are asked to drop these off at the Brangwyn Hall between 9am and noon on the day of the event.

Jessica added: "Once again we have been overwhelmed by support. We already have enough volunteers for the day but if there people who can provide any additional services that would help on the day we would love to hear from them."

Contact Jessica Rice for more information about the event on jessica.rice@jr-eventsandcatering.co.uk or 01792 635253.

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