Everybody is welcome at community Chistmas dinner

At an Urbond event last December
At an Urbond event last December

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THERE’S no reason to miss out on a festive meal this Christmas.

That’s the idea behind a charity’s plan to provide a home-cooked Christmas dinner for anyone in Portsmouth who isn’t able to afford to make one themselves.

Urbond, a community group which promotes togetherness, is planning to host the dinner at the Charles Dickens Centre in Lake Road, Landport, on Saturday, December 19.

One of the organisers of the event, Ousmane Drame, said the dinner would be a chance for people to come together and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

Mr Drame said: ‘We want this event to bring all members of the community together in a place they can enjoy themselves without discrimination and prejudice.

‘This is going to be a free event and we’re going to be raising money for local charities and people who need help as well.’

Portsmouth City Council Councillor Yahiya Chowdhury, who represents Charles Dickens ward, said the meal sounded like a great idea.

Cllr Chowdhury said: ‘It is a good thing that Urbond are bringing the whole community together.

‘The work they are doing will be very beneficial for everyone. I’m glad that things like this are happening in Portsmouth and encourage them to do as much as they can for the people of Portsmouth.’

Urbond began as a group of friends playing football on Southsea Common and hosts regular events which attract more than 100 people.

Mr Drame came to the UK from Guinea, west Africa, when he was 17.

He said he was determined to encourage people to enjoy themselves together because he suffered from loneliness as a teenager.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond said she thought the dinner would be a plus for the community.

She said: ‘I am sure the community dinner will be a great event and I wish Urbond every success.’

The dinner will start at 8pm and last until midnight. To find out more visit urbond.co.uk.