AROUND 250 people were treated to a free festive lunch in Dewsbury on Christmas Day.
Mother-of-three Michelle Hainsworth, of Dewsbury Cares Community Group, has hosted the event at Longcauseway Church for the past five years, after first organising it at her home in Batley Carr.
Michelle, 55, wanted to help those less fortunate than herself and gives up her time every Christmas to make sure the lunch goes ahead. Due to increasing demand, she has had to change the venue three times – from her home to the cafe in Crow Nest Park and now Longcauseway.
With the help of more than 50 volunteers from the Dewsbury Cares group, Michelle welcomed hundreds of people for Christmas dinner. They all received presents.
Food and drink was donated by Dewsbury’s Asda and Sainsbury stores, as well as local businesses and individuals. A group of firefighters from Dewsbury Fire Station also helped serve people their dinners.
Community volunteer Janet Gregory said: “This day could not be possible without the generosity of people. This Christmas Day event is truly a team community effort.”