Christmas is a time for togetherness, good food and gift-giving. But, for some, it can be a time of loneliness, despair, and a lack of money for food, gifts, or shelter.
That’s why new Island business Wight Christmas Trees is supporting The Pop-Up Soup Kitchen this year.
The business offers premium, British grown trees and accessories, including an exclusive festive candle, with £5 from each tree and candle sold going directly to support homeless and vulnerable people on the Island.
We asked Frank Morey, of Wight Christmas Trees and Trevor Blaney, of The Pop-Up Soup Kitchen to tell us more…
What does the Pop-Up Soup Kitchen do?
TB: “We started by using food waste to provide hot meals for the homeless and now provide outreach services, respite, and food parcels. Many of the people we help aren’t homeless, they’ve just fallen on tough times.”
How did Christmas trees idea come about?
FM: “Trevor and I were discussing how people want to help others at Christmas, and as I was setting up Wight Christmas Trees, it made sense to work together to raise funds and awareness of The Pop-Up Soup Kitchen”.
How will the money raised help the soup kitchen?
TB: “It will go towards a catering trailer so we can reach even more people. We rely entirely on donations, so every penny makes a difference”.
What else can people do to show their support?
TB: “If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it’s how a few kind words can lift someone’s spirits. If you know someone’s struggling, engage with them, listen, offer them a coffee. The smallest gestures have the biggest impact. If you can give money, it’s better to donate to a charity or organisation that will ensure it reaches those who need it most”.
Wight Christmas Trees is open daily from 27 November at Staplehurst Grange, Staplers Road, PO30 2LU.