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O Come all ye Helpful!

PUBLISHED: 11:46 24 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

CAN you help spread Christmas cheer?

Waiters, waitresses, cooks and drivers are being sought to bring festive spirit to the lonely at the Ipswich Salvation Army Christmas Day meal.

CAN you help spread Christmas cheer?

Waiters, waitresses, cooks and drivers are being sought to bring festive spirit to the lonely at the Ipswich Salvation Army Christmas Day meal.

Organisers are also appealing for entertainers, including singers, comedy acts and magicians, so guests can enjoy a fun-filled day.

Among those already invited to the meal include Ipswich pensioner Percy Taylor who hit the headlines recently after he was a virtual prisoner in his own home.

The 76-year-old has the use of one arm, has arthritis in his legs and finds it hard to cope alone in his council flat in St Matthews House.

Major Mike Stannett appealed for volunteers to help make the event a huge success and said: "We are asking people to give up a couple of hours to either wait on tables or to provide entertainment, to collect the guests and take them home again."

If possible people encourage to meet some of the guests before the December 25 event.

Volunteers, or people who would like to attend, are asked to note down their address and telephone number and send it to the Salvation Army's Woodbridge Road premises.

Address it to: Mike Stannett, Salvation Army Ipswich Citadel Corps, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PJ.

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