LETTER: Thanks to those who go the extra mile

Christmas turkey
Christmas turkey

Through your column, can I offer my group’s congratulations to the many and varied voluntary groups in Chesterfield who give up their time and resources to make the Christmas celebrations a better and happier time for the less fortunate in our society.

To emphasise and demonstrate these activities I particularly mention two activities, but only to serve as an example of all the other groups that exist in our town.

Einstein’s, in our town centre, offered free meals to up to 100 less fortunate residents of Chesterfield, and I am told boxed up and delivered unused food to people unable to travel.

Whittington Moor Methodist Church, another community faith group, inspired by their member Mydudu, provided two sittings of Christmas dinner to more than 100 less fortunate residents, with free transport provided to the venue by Perrys Group Car Rental based on Chatsworth Road.

These are excellent examples of the spirit of Christmas delivered in Chesterfield, at a real time of austerity and increasing use of food banks. Chesterfield can be justifiably proud of our citizens who go that extra mile to help, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.

John Burrows

On behalf of Chesterfield 
Labour group at the borough council