Terry's Christmas treats
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2010
LOCAL campaigner and activist Terry Hutt is doing his bit to ensure less fortunate people of the area do not go hungry this Christmas.
The Whaddon resident has got his hands on 500 frozen turkey dinners, and will be giving them out in sheltered accommodation and to the homeless over the festive period.
Terry said: “I was one of 12 as a kid, and we struggled through life, so I know what it is to be hungry.
“That’s one of the reasons I am doing this. Its terrible to think people would be without food over Christmas.”
Terry was approached by Dr Bonner Morgan from the Mother Christmas charity, which provides food for under-privileged people during Christmas on a national level.
Dr Morgan said: “The Mother Christmas charity started out by with the idea of families taking a plate of dinner to the local church on Christmas day, where homeless or single people would meet and have a Christmas lunch.
“Now, we raise money throughout the year and try and provide as many dinners to people as possible.”
The pair met when Terry was campaigning to save St Bart’s Hospital in London in 2006, and have kept in touch ever since.
Terry added: “The doctor phoned me up to say she had 500 turkey dinners that needed to be given away to the homeless, disabled and elderly.
“It’s now up to me to make sure they find the right home and I will make sure they only get to people that need them.”
The meals were kept in storage at the Gocold Limited depot in Meldreth, and are now winging their way around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
“I am planning to stop off at the old people’s homes in Royston and the villages, and the community centres too,” said Terry.
“I have had a word with Les Harman at Royston Parish Church and he is to sort out a list of places where I should stop off.
“I have been doing this sort of thing for years around Christmas, whether it is blankets or food.”