Hospice Christmas Lunch Served With Community Spirit!

The bells were ringing this year (for the right reasons) at the Toowoomba Hospice as a special Christmas Lunch for clients, their family and staff was supplied and catered for by locals.Director of Nursing Mrs. Alicia Trimingham-Turl said this Christmas was different from the previous 6, as this year it was catered by Dave Granfield and his staff from Star Café.

L to R: Alicia Trimingham-Turl Toowoomba Hospice and Lindsay Clyde from the Glennie Swimming (far right) get some tips from Dave Granfield as he cooks Christmas lunch at the Hospice on Christmas day

For the previous 6 years the hospice have made use of senior staff, a member of the Management Committee and their families to cook Christmas lunch, “This year was to be Mark, our promotions and fundraising manager’s turn. However he is still banned from the kitchen as the last time he cooked on Christmas day we were not only singing jingle bells, we had fire bells going off as when he was taking the turkey out of the oven some of the juices spilt onto the bottom and smoke clouded the kitchen. We did the guys from Qld Fire and Rescue some lunch!”

Dave Granfield Manager of Star Café at GardenTown said he was more than happy to offer his services to cook on Christmas day for the Hospice, I enjoy giving back to the community. “the Hospice is a very special place and we are a lucky community to have it. I have invited a friend to help me serve and clean up afterwards so the staff can enjoy Christmas day too.”

Dave Granfield carving a roast.
A beautiful Christmas lunch for those who were at the Toowoomba Hospice on Christmas Day.

Toowoomba Hospice is a not-for-profit, community facility, caring for people with a terminal illness and their families at no cost. Each year the Hospice, (located in O’Quinn Street) needs to raise $1.3 million to keep the service running.

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