HUNDREDS of families enjoyed a Christmas meal and festive atmosphere at a business complex.
Firms from 1000 Lakeside, at North Harbour, put on their third Christmas Dinner event inviting families to spend the afternoon together and meet Father Christmas.
Children of all ages also had fun at a disco and singing Christmas carols.
The event was organised with three charities and all 300 people families and individuals were referred by the charities to enjoy a four-course meal.
Karen Tyrrell, client and communications manager at 1000 Lakeside, said: ‘This is the third year we have done this and we always get a lot of support from the companies at 1000 Lakeside.
‘We have grown in the three years so it’s great to see we can help more families.’
One of the charities which benefited from the Christmas meal was The Roberts Centre, based on Crasswell Street, in Landport.
They offer support and assistance for families dealing with homelessness or a relationship breakdown.
Tina Johnson, senior administrator at the centre, said: ‘We had about 70 of our families come along to the meal which is great.
‘It is nice for them to get out and spend some time together.’
The other charities which benefited included You Trust which provides care, housing and advice to individuals and families and the Paulsgrove Foodbank which is part of the Trussell Trust network.
Mum-of-two Vanessa Aquilina was at the event with her daughter Tia, seven, and her son Kian after he was given a ticket by his school.
The nine-year-old was rewarded by St Paul’s Catholic School, in Paulsgrove, for his progression.
Vanessa, from Paulsgrove, said: ‘I think it was a really lovely afternoon.
‘It’s nice that families can come together and get into the Christmas mood.
‘The kids liked meeting Father Christmas and having the disco afterwards.’
Siblings Amelia Crosby, 10, and Lewis Crosby, seven, also enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and his elf in the grotto.
They got a present each and a selection box after telling him what they wanted for Christmas.