The homeless and the lonely were among 40 people who enjoyed a free slap-up meal in Boston on New Year’s Day.
The three-course feast formed the first event by new group Pay it Forward – which aims to encourage people to engage in random acts of kindness.
The event was held at Fenside Community Centre and saw 14 volunteers turn up on the day to help tidy and set up the centre, and prepare and cook the food – much of it donated by local businesses.
“We had a mixture of families, the homeless and people who would otherwise had just spent the day sat at home alone,” said group organiser Mick Taylor.
“We made sure we sat people together so everyone could chat. Even those who couldn’t speak much English were able to join in and were smiling.
“We got a real mixture of people come in – but not as many as we were expecting. We had enough to feed about 200 people - but ended up with about 40 throughout the day.
“However, we did do a few people some extra packed-lunches to take away - and a lot of the extra food will be turned into soup for Centrepoint Outreach to give out.”
The group is planning to repeat the event next New Year’s Day and has a similar event planned for Easter, among other ongoing ideas for the project.
The Pay if Forward project is based on the idea: ‘do a good deed for someone and ask only that they do a good deed for someone else in return’.