CHARITABLE initiative, White Christmas Liverpool, has today announced that this year’s event will be hosted by Titanic Hotel in its Rum Warehouse venue.
The initiative, now in its third year, offers a hot meal and a day of company to 250 elderly, vulnerable and socially isolated individuals that would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.
Ian Gray, General Manager at Titanic Hotel, said: “When we heard that White Christmas needed to find an alternative venue in order to go ahead, we were more than happy to step in and offer the Rum Warehouse space. The initiative is valued by so many people across the city, and supported by such a fantastic team of volunteers, we knew we had to help them make it happen.”
Supported by Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, the event will provide transport to and from the venue, a three-course meal cooked and served by a team of dedicated volunteers, entertainment and a small gift for each guest.
Clare Johnson, Project Manager of White Christmas Liverpool, said: “We were at serious risk of cancelling due to lack of funding this year so we put out an urgent appeal in the local media for the people of Liverpool to come forward and help us. We were thrilled to be contacted by Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, as well as individuals and organisations all offering their support.”
This year White Christmas Liverpool is also working with Queenie’s Christmas, the charity named in honour of celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe’s late mother. Herbert said: “I am excited and delighted that Queenie’s Christmas will be joining White Christmas Liverpool for this special festive event on Christmas Day 2015.”
White Christmas Liverpool is a not-for-profit event and is run solely by volunteers who give their time in the run up to Christmas as well as on Christmas Day to ensure as many people don’t have to spend the day alone.
Cllr Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People at Liverpool City Council, said: “Isolation is a huge problem for older and vulnerable people and we know that too many are lonely at Christmas time. I am glad we are in a position to support excellent initiatives like White Christmas, giving people much needed comfort and support, alongside all the other activities happening at this time of year.”
With 250 places available, the event’s organisers are asking those who would like to attend to complete the registration coupon and return it to: White Christmas Liverpool, C/O Cllr Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People, Liverpool City Council, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool,L3 1DS. (Please note this is just a mailing address and White Christmas Liverpool is not part of Liverpool City Council. Mailwill not be opened by the Council, just forwarded on to White Christmas Liverpool.)
Alternatively you can download a coupon from: http://www.whitechristmasliverpool.co.uk/ and return it to address above.