Bistrot Pierre teams up with Sefton Advocacy for the second year, offering a free three-course meal to a Southport resident for every Sunday Christmas party booking of six or more, providing a heartwarming celebration for the community amid a challenging year of increased poverty and social isolation.
Christmas is coming early to Southport, as Bistrot Pierre once again teams-up with local charity Sefton Advocacy to donate meals to residents who may be in need this festive season.
Southport diners celebrating with friends and family by eating out this Christmas, will also be contributing towards a free restaurant meal for a resident in their community.
For every Sunday Christmas party booking of six people or more in December, Bistrot Pierre, will gift a free Menu Pierre three-course meal to a Southport resident, redeemable throughout January 2024. This initiative comes after a year that has seen an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, and an increase in those relying on charity support. According to independent think tank The Resolution Foundation, studies have found that a further 1.3 million people have been pushed into poverty during 2023, in addition to increased social isolation.
The Christmas initiative by French restaurant Bistrot Pierre, first introduced last year, will donate dinners to well-deserving Southport residents, nominated by local charity Sefton Advocacy and its Older Persons’ Forum, providing a place for the community to gather and celebrate the festive season together.
Sefton Advocacy has once again been chosen to recognise their extremely important work, providing independent, free and confidential help and support to people in Sefton to be heard, when they feel that no-one is listening to them. Sefton Advocacy also hosts an Older Persons Forum, which specifically deals with issues relating to ageing for local-residents and gives a voice within the local community.
“‘’The meals offered by Bistrot Pierre were very much appreciated by the members of the Older Persons’ Forum”, says Jo Henderson, Sefton Advocacy and Older Persons’ Forum Coordinator. “Apart from giving them the opportunity to experience the delightful food, it also allowed for people to connect with people that they would not otherwise meet. Isolation and loneliness, especially around Christmas and New Year, can be particularly distressing for some people. It was wonderful to be able to give this gift and we very much look forward to being able to do this again. Thank you.”
“We are delighted to be welcoming back our community charity partners this Christmas”, says Bistrot Pierre’s CEO Nick White. “Community is at the heart of what we do and as families continue to struggle with the cost-of-living this Christmas, we want to open our doors and welcome those most in need to enjoy a well-deserved and much-needed treat on us.
“We hope customers will want to get involved and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable residents in Southport. We are still taking bookings for our Christmas period, so we’re encouraging customers to try and be as generous as possible and enjoy a little bit of festive fun with us, which will also help those residents most in need in the area.
“It goes without saying, that we want to say thank you to Sefton Advocacy for all the incredible work they do for the Southport community. And most importantly, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!”