Coventry Boys and Girls Club to combat Christmas loneliness with afternoon tea at cafe - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Coventry Boys and Girls Club to combat Christmas loneliness with afternoon tea at cafe

Tristan Harris 2nd Dec, 2021 Updated: 3rd Dec, 2021

PRE-CHRISTMAS companionship will be served up when Coventry Boys and Girls Club (CBGC) hold an afternoon tea event on December 15.

The event, part of the group’s ‘Christmas in the Community’ scheme, will take place at The Coffee Hub cafe at the charity’s base on Whitefriars Street.

The afternoon, from 12.30pm to 3pm, will be full of food and entertainment as it combats the serious issue of loneliness over the festive season.

Figures here show more than a third of people are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely at Christmas and it is hoped that families will get together and encourage elderly residents to join them.

Sandwiches, home-made desserts, tea, coffee and fruit juices will be on the menu with entertainment from singer Chris Pepper, the Bianco Barbershop Quartet, a school choir and others. A Christmas raffle will also take place.

The Coffee Hub has become a big hit with members of Coventry Boys and Girls Club, encompassing a hub of sports and resources for young people. It is also open to the wider public and any surplus funds from the non-profit enterprise are invested back into CBGC, one of the city’s oldest charities, dating back to the 1930s.

Tickets are just £12.50 each and half of the 100 available have already been sold.

The club’s management have been reaching out to vital frontline workers and carers, offering discounted, and even free tickets to honour those who have given so much of their time and energy during the pandemic.

Scott Felstead, from the CBGC, said: “Of course, loneliness is not limited to the elderly, so if you think this Christmas might be a good time to reconnect with a friend or colleague, don’t miss this opportunity to grab an afternoon of top food and entertainment for just £12.50.

“If you would like to nominate someone for a free ticket to thank them for their efforts in the community, there are still limited free ones available.”

Visit thecoffeehub.co.uk to book or email scott@cbgc.org.uk to nominate a person for a free ticket, explaining what they have done during the pandemic for the community.

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