Adderbury Christmas lunch brings together long lost work colleagues

Banbury businesses are pulling out all the stops this festive season with another Christmas lunch raising thousands for charity.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Around 90 people enjoyed the event
Around 90 people enjoyed the event

Last week Bibby Financial Services (BFS) hosted a Christmas lunch in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire, providing food and entertainment for 90 of the county’s older people, at their offices in Adderbury.

Working in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire to combat loneliness in the region, the event brought festive cheer to the lives of some of the county’s most isolated older people.

The event raised £3,975 for Age UK Oxfordshire, covering the cost of the lunch and providing a cash donation to the charity.

Barry and Irene

Edward Winterton, UK chief executive at BFS, said: “At BFS one of our key values is to do the right thing, so we were thrilled to give this group of older people the chance to come

together and enjoy the festivities.

"It really was a heart-warming day and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and contribution.

"We are very happy to have raised almost £4,000 in support of Age UK Oxfordshire to continue their important work in the community.”

Two of the guests, Barry Hutchinson Irene Martin, reconnected during the lunch after working together at the Automotive Products spares depot in Banbury, 55 years ago.

The guests were served a traditional two course Christmas lunch in BFS’s in-house restaurant and entertained with Christmas songs performed by the choir from Kings Sutton Primary Academy.

Ruth Swift at Age UK Oxfordshire, said: “What an amazing afternoon was had by all those who attended, everyone who came was made to feel welcome, was well and truly spoilt with Christmas magic galore.

We are so very grateful to the team at BFS for organising this wonderfully uplifting event and giving so many local people the opportunity to get together and enjoy a Christmas lunch in good company.”