Volunteers at Mad Dogs Homeless Project will be cooking 190 Christmas dinners this Sunday ready for distribution on their usual rounds across Manchester city centre and suburbs, thanks to the Williams Group.

The Williams team had planned to treat 190 staff to a Christmas party at Event City, adjacent to its dealership at TraffordCity, but as the omicron variant of COVID was revealed to be highly transmissible, the team felt the most sensible option was to avoid a get together and to donate the Christmas meals to homeless people in the city.

Now, 190 hot meals will be delivered to the homeless and rough sleepers over the festive season with chicken dinners, profiteroles and mince piece on the menu, all cooked by volunteers at the Mad Dogs Project.

The meals are ready for delivery!

Jim Hutton of Mad Dogs Homeless Project, said, “This donation of food has been a lovely gesture at a time of year when those living on the streets feel the acute loneliness associated with the season.  Enjoying a home cooked three course meal will be a big surprise and most welcome.  Our volunteers created the meals from the ingredients donated by Williams who thought of us when they decided not to go ahead with their own Christmas meal and we are looking forward to seeing how everyone reacts when Christmas dinner is handed over.”

Guy Adams, Managing Director, at Williams, added. “We are delighted that some good will come from the current difficult times and we are glad to be able to make our contribution and to create some positivity. We know that this time of year can shine a spotlight on those who may not have immediate family or be surrounded by loved ones and so hope that our support to the Mad Dogs team who do such amazing work across the city throughout the year, will bring some cheer in the current environment.”