Christmas Day Lunch For Homeless and Lonely Supported By DHU Donations

On Christmas day several agencies came together to help the homeless, rough sleepers and lonely in Chesterfield at Whittington Moor Church.

During November and December Tom Oxley, PA to Director of Nursing and Quality, put a call out for colleagues at DHU Health Care to volunteer and donate towards the ‘Lunch for Jesus’ event. He had a tremendous response to the appeal from all our workers who donated bags full of food and drinks for the day.

The event, which has been taking place at the Whittington Moor Methodist Church for almost a decade, has seen numbers triple during that time. Last year 120 guests were provided meals by 40 volunteers.

Tom worked hard to get all the donations together for the lunch and wanted to personally thank everyone at DHU Health Care for contributing. He said  “Lunch on Jesus was a huge success and couldn’t have happened without all donations from staff at DHU. They contributed so much.”

“At Ashgate Manor I asked for help from the other organisations based here. Ashgate Manor Medical Practice, CommuniKate Café and Little Acorns Nursery all worked with us to kindly donate food. It was lovely as it bought all of the organisations working in the same building together.”

All the donations collected from the DHU.

Throughout the day food and festive entertainment is provided so that those without a place to celebrate can feel welcome and accepted. Everyone who comes to the lunch receives a gift in the true spirit of Christmas and food parcels are available at the end of the evening.

Unfortunately, Tom was unable to make this year’s event because of illness. However, organiser Mydudu Nadzieja – who is pictured in the middle below – had a great turnout of volunteers including DHU’s Stacy Brown, Clinical Advisor who all worked hard to make the magical day happen.

The volunteers, with organiser Mydudu Nadzieja in centre

Night Shelter

Throughout 2018 a group of people from various churches in Chesterfield have come together to start a Winter Nightshelter to combat the needs of local people sleeping rough on our streets with crisis in their lives.

An initiative started by Derby City Mission, who have been running night shelters for several years, plus North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council have invested resources to protect these individuals through our winter months.

Due to the increase in homelessness in our area over the 2017/18 harsh winter, it was decided for the winter of 2018/19 that a nightshelter, using eight church buildings (one in reserve), should be established.

Pathways of Chesterfield, a charity who for the last twenty years have been helping homeless people found in areas of Chesterfield sleeping rough, are also part of the initiative. They specialise in helping people – including men, women and sometimes minors – caught in a situation which is often not of their own making.

If you are in need then Chesterfield Night Shelter continues until the 31st of March and operates through 7 church venues. Volunteers are still being sought to help.

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