Welwyn Hatfield charity The Mixed Group holds ‘heart-warming’ Christmas Day event

PUBLISHED: 17:04 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 02 January 2018

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

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Welwyn Hatfield charity The Mixed Group held its 44th Christmas Day event for lonely and elderly residents.

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

Over 80 people flocked to the charity’s festive gathering in Douglas Tilbe House, WGC, where they devoured their food while enjoying live entertainment by John Croft and Roger Andrews.

More than 100 volunteers also threw their weight behind the event, following which the visitors left with several presents, donated by Home Instead and Tesco, and some sandwiches.

Charity founder Sean Cox told the WHT: “It was our 44th Christmas Day event and definitely one of the best yet.

“Everyone was soaking up the joyous atmosphere, chatting and enjoying the festive cheer.

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

“None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our supporters throughout the year, as well as the wonderful volunteers on the day.

“So thank you on behalf of everyone at The Mixed Group, and we look forward to seeing our tremendous supporters again during the New Year.”

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, who is a patron of The Mixed Group, said: “This annual charity event is heart-warming.

“Not only because you get to serve lunch and chat to those who have attended, but also because there are so many volunteers who have given up their Christmas Day to serve lunch.

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

“Sean is a Welwyn Hatfield institution and this year my wife and I wrote a limerick to help celebrate the spirit of The Mixed Group.”

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge The Mixed Group's Christmas Day meal. Picture credit: Casey Gutteridge

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