Newton Poppleford couple to serve up Christmas dinner to lonely people

PUBLISHED: 11:40 16 December 2016

Rosemary and David Zirker to host Christmas Day lunch for lonely. Photo by Terry Ife ref shv 5044-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Rosemary and David Zirker to host Christmas Day lunch for lonely. Photo by Terry Ife ref shv 5044-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A generous couple are giving up their Christmas Day to offer lonely residents in and around Newton Poppleford a free meal.

David and Rosemary Zirker run the village’s monthly lunch club and want to reach out to those in need over the festive period.

They decided it was ‘too much hassle’ to go around fundraising, so are offering to foot the bill themselves.

The couple are even offering to arrange transport on the day for residents in the Newton Poppleford and Harpford parish.

“Christmas is a time when, if you are on your own, it can be very lonely, especially if you have family who can’t come down,” said David. “We would do a dinner off our own bat.”

The Zirkers took over the lunch club in 2011 and, with their helpers, have since served 2,600 meals and made a profit of £4,200 for the village’s pavilion, where the event is held.

There are already 11 people interested in attending the Christmas dinner. If the number stays as it is, the couple will move it to their home, otherwise it will be held in the pavilion.

Anyone interested in attending can contact the Zirkers by calling 01395 567430 or emailing d.zirker@btinternet.com.


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