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A Festive Thank You

It might be chilly outside but at The Food Chain annual carol service on 10 December we enjoyed a lovely warm and festive evening. Volunteers, services users, staff and supporters filled St. Paul’s church in Covent Garden and joined the splendid choir in singing along to a selection of our favourite carols. We also heard readings and poems, including a fine performance by Food Chain co-founder Amanda Falkson of ‘Christmas is Coming (A Turkey’s Tale)’ and the first rendition of this year’s festive thank you poem written and read by Chief Executive Siobhan Lanigan.

Simon Cornwell also spoke on behalf of our Trustees and reminded us all of why the support we offer is needed as much today as it was in 1988 and that although our services change in response to need the caring community at the heart of The Food Chain remains constant. He said,

“Today is an opportunity for us to look back on our 25 years and be proud of the work we have done together. The Food Chain is made up of a community of people whose contributions will continue for as long as support is needed. Whether as volunteers, service users, staff members or supporters we all look forward to a day when our services are no longer required but until that day comes we will go on making the small contributions we make in the knowledge that we really do make a difference.” Continue Reading

The evening closed with a glass of wine and delicious mince pies and cinnamon stars provided by long-time supporter and Patron Gerhard Jenne of Konditor and Cook. These were all sold for donations, with sales amounting to over 300 pounds raised for The Food Chain.

Our thanks go to Reverend Simon Grigg, Nick Gallagher and everyone at St Paul’s who once again made us so welcome and to everyone who took part in such good voice.