A RECORD cash handout from a Sidmouth supermarket has secured the future of a community Christmas lunch that boosts residents who face spending the special day alone.

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Shoppers in their droves at Waitrose in Stowford Rise voted for the event when it was selected as a beneficiary of the firm’s Community Matters scheme.

The £1,410 handed over by the store’s department manager, Ali Wallace, to Community Christmas Lunch organisers Mick and Angie Carney was hailed as the biggest amount to go to a single cause to date.

“Receiving this amazing donation means the lunch is here to stay for the next two or three years at least,” said a grateful Angie.

l MORE than 60 people attended this year’s lunch at St Theresa’s Hall. Report and photos on page 36.

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