A group of volunteers has come together in Thurso to organise a Christmas meal for those expecting to spend the day alone this year.
The collective – Pay it Forward Thurso (Pif Thurso) – has previously organised weeding clean ups around the town, but this year it aims to fund a get-together at Caithness Rugby Club’s community pavilion at Millbank for those in need.
Spokeswoman Joan Lawrie said she had long entertained the notion, and when community member Wendy Jane Shearer posted the idea on Facebook she jumped at the chance.
“This is an event we have discussed many times at my family’s dinner table on Christmas Day, so when Wendy came forward with the suggestion we were more than happy to try and mobilise people to help put it together.”
A group of volunteers has since been formed, including a chef and the Tesco community champion, and the entire group is now enthusiastically fundraising and seeking donations for supplies.
Although an appeal by fellow member Andrea Wotherspoon at a recent Caithness Soup live crowdfunding event failed to win, the audience agreed a community Christmas is well overdue.
Ms Wotherspoon raised awareness and private donations, and the collective has now set up an online crowd funding site and will also have collection cans at various locations.
Donations can also be made by contacting the group directly at email@example.com
Pif Thurso is also currently in contact with organisations throughout Caithness, to ensure that invitations go out to those most in need. Enquiries can be made via email, or by telephoning 07980 958 183. Leave a message and Pif Thurso says an organiser will get back to you.
The Facebook page also details the daily locations of the collection cans.