By now most of Manchester is swept up in Christmas fever distracted by a series of what’s: What gifts to buy? What new outfit do I need for my works do? What decorations do I need to buy for the tree? What nibbles and tipples will I treat myself to tonight? But not everyone in Manchester has access to those luxuries.
The five-star Lowry Hotel demonstrates the true essence of Christmas by continuing to work with local family support charity Wood Street Mission.
For the past three years, the hotel’s double AA-rosette River Restaurant has opened its doors to children and teenagers, inviting them and their guardians to enjoy a festive feast with all the trimmings.
Last year the children were aged three months to teenagers, so this year Wood Street Mission decided it was the turn of the older kids; to pop a cracker, tuck into the turkey and pick up a chocolate Santa on their way home.
Wood Street Mission helps four thousand families living on a low income by helping to meet their day-to-day needs and improving children’s life chances. Founded 147 years ago, it provides support to Manchester and Salford families, most famously with its Christmas project which last year gave new toys and food to over 2,000 families and 4,500 children. This year the numbers are set to be even higher. Wood Street Mission makes sure that children up to the age of 14 wake up to new toys and gifts, which can only be the biggest of reliefs to those struggling to make ends meet.
The Lowry hotel selected Wood Street Mission as its charity of the year in 2015, and the partnership has continued and flourished ever since.
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
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