Cafes come together to support those in need this Christmas!

Cafes across the region are operating a scheme to provide free food and coffee to those alone and in need this Christmas.

The scheme, called ‘Suspended Meals and Coffee’, is being run by a number of cafes across the East Midlands this Christmas.

Suspended Meals and Coffee involves customers paying for an additional meal or drink, which can then be claimed by anybody who presents as being in need.

Pam Brown, owner of the Eau Terrace Café in Bourne, which runs the scheme in partnership with the Salvation Army, said: “We are giving a free lunch for people who are alone over Christmas as we realise that people can feel so isolated at this time of year.

“It’s important to help people, particularly over the festive period as not everyone has someone they can spend the time with.”

Rebecca England, owner of Pelham Kitchen in Nottingham, said: “The idea is to provide home cooked Christmas dinners for free to families who may otherwise struggle to afford such a meal.

“Christmas can be a tough time for those who are struggling to make ends meet, and is especially challenging when considering the cost of Christmas.

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(The below video was done as a journalistic exercise for the University of Lincoln to accompany this story, but contains only a sequence and interview)

by Tom McBeth

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