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Swaffham cafe owner giving back to community with free Christmas dinners

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 December 2016

The Tea Pot Cafe in Swaffham is opening on Christmas Day to feed those in need. Owner Sandra Berryman and apprentice Ruth Neale.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Tea Pot Cafe in Swaffham is opening on Christmas Day to feed those in need. Owner Sandra Berryman and apprentice Ruth Neale. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

It is often said that Christmas is a time for giving, and that’s a sentiment being taken to heart by community-spirited folk in Swaffham.

Cafe owner Sandra Berryman has decided to open on Christmas Day and provide a free Christmas dinner to up to 30 people.

She has been flooded with offers of free food and drink from suppliers and financial donations from customers.

Mrs Berryman, who took over The Tea Pot Cafe, in Plowright Place, in February, said: “I wasn’t going to be doing much over Christmas so I thought this would be a nice thing to do.

“I’ve been completely gobsmacked by the support I’ve had from the community.”

Two of Mrs Berryman’s staff, sisters Ruth Neale and Rachel Neale, have offered to work unpaid on Christmas Day.

Anyone is welcome for a free Christmas dinner.

They just need to contact the cafe in advance to book a place.

About sixteen people have booked so far and Mrs Berryman said she has space for about 30.

She said: “I’m sure there will be some older people who would have been on their own on Christmas Day, and also younger people who may be short of money.

“We’ve had a young couple book in today. Anyone is welcome to come along.”

Are you doing something to help others this Christmas? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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