Raith Rovers “Festive Friends” Christmas Lunch
Tuesday 17th December 2019, Stark’s Park
Raith Suite, 12pm – 3pm.
For some, Christmas is a wonderful time of year. For others, it is the opposite. With few friends or family, loneliness bears down and Christmas can be a dark and difficult time.
Festive Friends, a simple concept in many ways, was born out of an opportunity to create something special for those who are isolated and alone at a time of year when they crave company the most.
A tasty Christmas lunch is provided at the local football club and the means to get there is taken care of but, most importantly, there is companionship and support often so desperately needed for elderly and vulnerable people. The reality is that when people don’t eat well and they spend too much time on their own, their physical and mental health is at risk. When the idea of Festive Friends was taken to clubs, the response was positive, with over half able to facilitate a special experience for the elderly in their communities.
Raith Rovers FC want to give something back to its community.
If you would like to suggest someone who would benefit from joining in – having a chat with them about Festive Friends first is always a good idea – then, if they’re keen to come along, please email their details to communityraithrovers.net
Speaking about Festive Friends to raithrovers.net were organiser Stephen MacCrimmon, his Grandfather, regular attendee Dave Fleetham and Councillor Judy Hamilton.
Stephen MacCrimmon: “This will be the 3rd Festive Friends to be held at Starks Park, in partnership with the club and the SPFL Trust. We’ve entertained over 60 guests from throughout the Kirkcaldy community in the last 2 years and this year we’re hoping for our biggest turnout yet!! It really is a fantastic initiative and a great way for the Foundation and the club to give something back to the community for the support they’ve shown over the years”
Dave Fleetham: “Stephen is a pain in the backside always trying to get me somewhere! I wasn’t fussy for going to Festive Friends but it was his idea and I’m glad I did go. I would otherwise be sat in the house, like any other day, so it was good to get out for a lovely meal with good company.
We were well fed, entertained and looked after on the day. I particularly enjoyed the shortbread gift and look forward to going along this year”
Councillor Judy Hamilton: “Festive Friends is a great initiative by the SPFL Trust, where they support Football Community Trusts like ours to provide a Christmas lunch and entertainment for local neighbours who may otherwise be alone at Christmas. Our local community has supported the Rovers over many years; – bought raffle tickets, came to games etc. – and now we have this great opportunity to give back to them. Our guests had a great time at Festive Friends last year, many of them reminiscing and telling us their Christmas memories, and their Rovers memories! As a volunteer, I had a great time too. It was just a lovely day, and a lot of fun with a lot of laughs. I would highly recommend volunteering with Raith Rovers Community Foundation”
HOW IT WORKS
Identify – Clubs identify vulnerable or isolated groups or individuals who would benefit from joining in.
Accessibility – Transport is organised for participants to attend and return home from the event.
Lunch – A full Christmas lunch is served for everyone *
Fun – Entertainment and gifts are put on for all guests.
Listen – Volunteers take the time to listen to guests and talk with them.
NB – Stark’s Park is an old stadium – to access the dining room it is necessary to climb one flight of stairs.
Festive Friends is delivered by a partnership involving Raith Rovers FC, Raith Rovers Community Foundation and the SPFL Trust.
New partners for this year’s Festive Friends are Richard from Delicious Catering (who will be providing the catering on the day) and Vince & Lewis from Bay Travel (who have donated a coach for the day to transport our guests to and from Starks Park).