Like any event, the Mars Food ‘Meals for Hero’s’ celebration was not without it’s challenges. At the eleventh hour 180 Longfield Students had to withdrawal from the activity due to an unexpected Ofsted visit, illness gripped some guests and below zero temperatures and even more snow threatened to hamper people being able to get transport to their venues.
Despite all of these trials, the event, which encompassed 80 Mars Food associates, 8 venues and over 150 community guests, was a huge success.
The event was held in 8 different locations across Melton and Oakham and each team cooked a 2 course, nutritious Italian meal for 30 people, decorated their venues and created their own Christmas themed entertainment for their guests. Some teams had gathered donations of prizes from local businesses including DVD players and MP3 players whilst others created quizzes and games to entertain their guests.
Angie Philips, Community Relations Manager at Mars Food UK said: “We had a fantastic response to our invitations and were delighted to create an opportunity to show our gratitude to our community Hero’s. The teamwork at each venue was fantastic and I know we created a very memorable day for our guests. It was touching to hear invited guests say they did not think of themselves as hero’s, despite their valued voluntary contribution to our community. We would like to say a big Thank you to all the venue’s, local food suppliers, local services, community groups and everyone who took part who have helped us create such a special event.”
The Mars Food team entertained over 150 community guests, including the RAF, local police force, Midwives, local volunteers, charity workers and local fire service.
Mayor, Margaret Moore who attended the event at The Polish Club along with volunteers and retired members of the community, commented “ I’ve had a wonderful time and only wish I could stay longer”. Margaret Moore had to leave the event a little early to continue her fundraising work for the Air Ambulance.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea and it’s really fantastic to meet all the local people who play different roles making our community great.“ said John Horn, President of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray who attended the event at Hoby Village Hall along with members from the Girl Guide association, Citizens advice and key members of the Hoby Village Community.
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” Albert Einstein