GALLERY: St Agnes host Christmas party for war heroes
A group of volunteers from St Agnes brought festive cheer to Cornish veterans with a Christmas party event last weekend.
More than 30 ex-servicemen and women came together to celebrate Christmas last Friday afternoon in the St Agnes Methodist Church Hall.
The veterans, many of whom are in their 90s, were treated to a three course complimentary Christmas lunch, a performance of classic Christmas carols from singer Caroline Childe and festive readings from Joan Beckett.
Hetty Wildblood, one of the volunteers, said: “The party was a great success and the hall had a really warm community feel. It was lovely as a lot of people were meeting up for the first time in years.
Instead of paying for their meal, each veteran was asked to bring a gift suitable for a teenager to donate to the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell.
Mrs Wildblood added: “We had a Christmas tree piled with gifts from veterans many of whom had met up especially to buy the gifts in Redruth.”
The volunteers also collected donations of £61.50 for the children’s charity.
The idea for the Christmas party came from St Agnes stalwart, George Mannell, who also generously paid to put on the event.
He said: “I’ve got a lot of time and respect for what the veterans have done for us and I thought they deserved a party to round off the year and celebrate.
“The day itself was absolutely brilliant, it really was.”
It is hoped that a similar Christmas party will take place next year.