Levy UK + I Help Chelsea FC Serve Up Christmas Cheer for Charity
The Levy team and staff from Chelsea FC volunteered their time to help deliver a charity Christmas lunch service at Stamford Bridge. The two charities we hosted for were the local Glass Door Homeless Charity and the Chelsea and Fulham Methodist Church.
The 50 volunteers helped set up the great hall at the stadium – including Chelsea ambassadors and former players Carlo Cudicini and Paulo Ferreira – welcoming the guests and serving the dishes, whilst ensuring covid-19 measures were in place.
Due to safety restrictions, Chelsea hosted the Christmas lunch at Stamford Bridge for the first time which meant we were able to accommodate and serve 200 guests. An additional 200 meals were prepared to take away for those who could not be there.
“Our volunteers came from across all departments and levels at Stamford Bridge, Kingsmeadow, and Cobham,” explained Levy UK + I regional manager Nav Daine, who has been involved in the annual event for several years.
“Due to safety concerns, we had not been able to deliver the Christmas meal for the last two years and I had almost given up on this year too. However, the response from everyone at the club to find a way to make it happen was overwhelming.
“The event could only proceed through the generosity and determination of the club and partners. I can only admire the effort of everyone involved to deliver an event for the community that we can all be proud of.”
The meal was prepared by Levy’s culinary team, with ingredients donated by Piglet and other external catering suppliers. Chelsea club partners also provided gift bags for the guests including scarves, football shirts, food, and a range of sanitary products.
Louise Scott from the Chelsea and Fulham Methodist Church added: “The fact it’s here at Stamford Bridge this year means it’s a bit more of a treat for people because they never get to come to anything like this. Not only that but it’s got the capacity for 200 people while keeping social distancing, which is way more than the 30 in our hall.
“That means not only have we been able to invite our usual guests, who are homeless and vulnerable adults, we’ve also been able to invite people from other groups we do community outreach with, including people on low incomes in the World’s End Estate and military veterans from Stoll next door to the stadium who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.”