Maritta Hutley, Sueanne O’Neil from BEST employment and Kathryn Goldspink are organising the Warwick Community Christmas lunch for locals doing it tough on Christmas Day.
Maritta Hutley, Sueanne O’Neil from BEST employment and Kathryn Goldspink are organising the Warwick Community Christmas lunch for locals doing it tough on Christmas Day. Jayden Brown

Christmas spirit alive at Warwick Community lunch

FOR many people Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year.

But this year, Christmas doesn't have to be a lonely affair for Warwick residents.

A group of local women have embarked on a mission to make sure nobody spends the holiday season alone.

Warwick woman Kathryn Goldspink always has a massive Christmas lunch but this year she's decided to share it with those most in need.

It was from that thought the Warwick Community Christmas Lunch was born.

Ms Goldspink said her family wanted to do something for people having Christmas by themselves or doing it tough.

"For many people it's the hardest day of the year - a lot of people feel alone at the best of times," she said.

It was a battle with manic depression that spurred Ms Goldspink into action.

"There are a lot of people who suffer mental illness in the area and they don't want to speak up," she said.

"I want to speak up and say you're not alone - I'm a 37-year-old single mum who stood up and said I need help."

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The lunch will be held at the Cowboys clubhouse on Christmas Day.

"We're having it there so we can play footy, there'll be a jumping castle and the kids can run around and play," Ms Goldspink said.

"My two children are involved - they're so happy.

"They like the idea of helping others even if it means giving their Christmas Day up."

The event is supported by Best Employment, which is accepting donations toward the lunch.

All donations are tax deductible.

Referrals for the event are available from headspace and the Condamine Medical Centre.

For more information, phone Kathryn on 0401 519 301.



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