A group of children who were due to have their Christmas dinner in a restaurant which burned down were still able to enjoy a festive meal, thanks to the generosity of a Northampton hotel and other donors.
The Kinship Carers voluntary group had booked tables at Red Hot World Buffet in Sixfields for a meal on December 27, but the restaurant was gutted by a fire on December 18.
The Chron was overwhelmed with offers of help following an appeal for a new venue for the meal, and Kinship Carers settled on the Hilton Hotel, in Collingtree.
The 43 children, who live with relatives or family friends because of problems at home, also got a Christmas present, paid for with a donation from Crisis Worldwide Couriers in Wellingborough.
Following the meal, the children and the charity’s volunteers went on to the Guildhall in Northampton for a Christmas party.
Councillor Brandon Eldred arranged for selection boxes for the children, while John Greatorex gave them free rides on the big wheel in the Market Place.
Sandy Chamberlain, a Kinship Carers volunteer, said: “The service in the Hilton and the Guildhall was absolutely spectacular. It made everyone feel special, a bit like royalty.
“We were waited on hand and foot, and we crammed so much in.
“Everyone put in a lot of hard work to make the day special for children who could not be with their parents. It touched the hearts of a lot of people.
“We can’t thank everybody enough for their offers.”