Brakspear adds festive cheer to Christmas lunch

 Brakspear helped to bring festive cheer to the annual Christmas Day Community Lunch, donating bottled beers, wine and soft drinks to the event, which was enjoyed by around 50 elderly Henley residents who would otherwise have been on their own this Christmas.

Organised by over 25 volunteers from the Community Spirit Henley Volunteers group at the Christ Church centre, this was the second year for the event. The day started with singing from Daisy Smith and her friends from How Very Events followed by a three course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, a quiz, raffle and present giving by Santa and his reindeers (volunteer Amanda Harris’ dogs Rueben and Hava).

Shauna, one of the guests, said, “What a fantastic day we had, the food was lovely and it was so nice not to be spending it alone. Thank you to everyone for all they’ve done.”

Irenna Bailey, who heads up the volunteer group said, “We’ve had lots of other guests say things like, ‘it’s the best Christmas I’ve ever had’ which is high praise indeed! They absolutely loved their presents!

“So a massive thank you from me to all those local businesses who donated. It’s so nice of them all to be part of our Christmas.  We had an absolutely brilliant day with lots of fun and laughter.  I’ve already been told that I’m doing a Valentine’s Day get together for them all as they had so much fun.”

Emma Sweet, Brakspear marketing manager, said, “Our pubs are at the heart of their local communities, bringing people of all ages together, so we were delighted to be involved in this event which created a similar sense of community for local residents.  The volunteers deserve high praise for giving up their time to organise such a wonderful time for the guests, who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day alone.”