A Wellingborough charity is inviting people who receive the Winter Fuel Payment to donate money to help buy food for vulnerable adults during the festive period.
The Daylight Centre Fellowship is an independent local charity which opened its doors in December 1994, and aims to meet a variety of personal needs - everything from complex mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse to homelessness and isolation.
Over the coming cold weeks they will be offering much-needed hot lunches and a warm place to meet to its users.
Among those to regularly visit the Centre is Arron, who lost his home after being in hospital with a serious illness for several months.
He says the services are extremely important.
He said: “This place is a lifesaver because it’s the only place that’s open five days a week for a proper cooked meal and company.
“People tend to get isolated when they have problems and need to socialise for their well-being with people who are understanding.
“At this time of year, just being able to spend time somewhere warm with people to talk to is so important to me.
“I’m surprised people in Wellingborough don’t know the centre exists, but, should they ever be in my situation, they would be grateful that it is here”.
Centre manager Paul Adams explained that any donations received will make a real difference to all those who drop in during the winter months.
He said: “It doesn’t matter whether it’s June 25th or December 25th, we’re open every weekday of the year for those who need our services, but of course the cold months tend to prompt more people to come through our doors.
“That’s why we’re really keen to encourage anyone who feels that they can to spare any pennies from their fuel payment as it will make a massive difference to the lives of those, like Arron, who need us all the more at this time of year.”