Spirit of goodwill helps those in need over the festive period

Ashley Monkhouse (owner) and Brian Barker at Love Fish, Skirbeck Road.
Ashley Monkhouse (owner) and Brian Barker at Love Fish, Skirbeck Road.

The spirit of goodwill was alive and well in Boston over the Christmas period with the community coming together to help those most in need.

Turkey dinners were served to the homeless on Christmas day, an overnight shelter was provided for rough sleepers and food hampers were delivered to families in need.

Zhahid Yunis, owner of Acorn Taxis

Zhahid Yunis, owner of Acorn Taxis

All were made possible by the kindness of individuals and businesses who donated food and funds, and the generosity of volunteers who gave their time to help others.

And now free hot meals are to be given to those in need throughout January.

Love Fish restaurant, in Skirbeck Road, has distributed 50 tickets for free meals to the homelss and those seeking help at the Salvation Army (SA) and Centrepoint Outreach.

Manageress Deborah Mill said: “It’s good to help those who don’t often get a hot meal.”

The SA served its annual Christmas Day dinners to 40-45 people, helped by 15 volunteers. The £200 to help pay for the festive meals was donated by Acorn Taxis of Boston.

Company owner Zhahid Yunis (pictured) said he heard there were concerns for funding this year, so stepped in to pay for the meals himself.

“We are grateful to do so well in the town and it’s our way of giving something back,” he said. “We are now going to pay for the dinners every Christmas.”

A night shelter for the homeless was also open at Centenary Methodist Church during freezing temperatures – offering refuge to up to 13 people a night and manned by volunteers.

Homeless charity Centrepoint Outreach distributed 50-60 food hampers over the festive period. Food was donated by local businesses and individuals, including Marshall Bros.

Centrepoint’s chief executive John Marshall said he estimates there to be between 30-40 people currently rough sleeping across the borough.

He added: “It’s only through the support of the community that enables us to help others.”