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Pam Clarkson cooks up Christmas in Rothwell
Pam Clarkson
Pam is ready to cook for almost 100 people this Christmas

A retired licensee from Rothwell will cook a five-course Christmas lunch for 93 elderly locals.

There will be no rest for Pam Clarkson, who used to run a pub in Carlton, she volunteered for the cooking 11 years ago when she retired.

When she started there were less than 20 people invited to the meal.

Pam said: "I absolutely love doing it. Its like a Christmas present to myself."

The meal is cooked and served at Blackburn Hall in Rothwell on Christmas Day.

Pam, 71, of Rothwell District Lions, organises the whole event from start to finish including fundraising to pay for food and gifts.

Gift buying

She does all the shopping, cooking and gift buying for the guests.

There is a team of volunteers who also give up time with their own families to help with transport, serving the food and clearing up afterwards.

Pam said: "My Christmas helpers turn up year after year to help me make the day really special for the elderly people in Rothwell.

"I can't thank them enough for their help."

The guests are offered tea, coffee and biscuits when they arrive.

Christmas service

A local minister then delivers a short Christmas service as the finishing touches are made to the meal.

Dinner is served at 12.30pm followed by Christmas carols played by the Rothwell Temperance Band.

Gift bags containing chocolates and biscuits are handed out and the guests are ready to leave at around 3.30pm.

As people leave the hall, they are handed a package containing a sandwich, sausage roll, cheese and Christmas cake to take home for their tea.

Pam also arranges for gift bags to be taken as a thank you to the police officers and firefighters that work on Christmas day in the area.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said: "This is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through volunteering. Pam is simply amazing, and her commitment and dedication to making Christmas so special for this number of older people is just fantastic!"



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