17 / 12 / 2021

Leading housing developer Lovell in East Anglia has donated 50 three-course Christmas lunches to St Martins Housing Trust, after cancelling its Christmas client lunch.

Lovell and the Maids Head Hotel worked together to donate and send the meals to the charity, which will be cooked on site by residents with the support of the St Martins team.

Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO at St Martins, said: We are grateful to Lovell and the Maids Head Hotel for this wonderful donation of food; the fact that it is prepared for us so that it is easy to cook makes it a real bonus for the people we support. Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many people, especially those who are without homes, living in temporary accommodation and living in hostels. With the covid situation intensifying, this donation ensures we can supply each person with a Christmas dinner that they can cook themselves in their own accommodation and remain safe. It makes a difference knowing that others are thinking of them at this time of year.”

The three-course meal consists of a smoked salmon starter, turkey and all the trimmings, and a cheesecake or Christmas pudding for dessert.

Christine Malcolm, general manager of the Maids Head Hotel, said: “This is such a kind and thoughtful donation by Lovell at a time which is really hard for a lot of people. Obviously we wanted to show everyone our incredible hospitality, and were hoping to have a normal Christmas, but Lovell donating the food that they would have eaten and paid for, is wonderful. We packaged up all the food for St Martins and drove it over to them.”

Lovell has its annual Christmas client meal at the Maids Head Hotel every year, but chose to cancel  the meal given concerns about the current covid situation.

Matthew Goakes, regional commercial director of Lovell in East Anglia, said: “We have worked with St Martins Housing Trust for some time and know the incredible work they do in helping the homeless build a better life in Norwich and Norfolk and find routes out of homelessness. We know the difference that these meals will have and we hope they bring a smile to those receiving them this Christmas