Glencaple restaurant provides bottles of fizz to help struggling families celebrate Christmas

Big-hearted Denyse Boyle has stepped up to make sure 150 struggling families in Dumfries can celebrate Christmas with a glass of fizz.

The general manager at The Boathouse in Glencaple has donated a bottle of sparkling elderflower non-alcoholic wine for each of the 150 hampers being made up from public donations – the brainchild of Dumfries dad, Lee Vann-Wakelin.

Thanking Denyse and her staff for the festive treat, Lee said a bottle will accompany the ingredients and recipe for the Christmas dinner meal.

He added: “It is an amazing gift from Denyse and we are very grateful to her and everyone who has donated thousands of dried and fresh ingredients to help make my Christmas vision come true of providing these families with a hamper full of ingredients to make seven tasty meals.

“In the past week we have also received a huge £1,000 cash donation from Equip4Work Ltd of Dumfries, Iceland gave us 150 boxes of mince pies, and an Avon rep, Anthea Russell, gave us 150 bottles of shower gel/hand wash.”

This week volunteers will be gathering to pack all the dried and fresh goods into hampers which will go out to the families recommended by various organisations in Dumfries.

Local restaurant shared recipes for the seven days and as well as Lee’s own family recipe for Christmas dinner.

The recipients will be able to make a winter pork casserole (The Globe Inn), penne imperiale (La Dolce Vita); Malaysian curry (Crumb); caramelised onion and pancetta risotto (Back Street); chicken parmigana (Bruno’s) and American chicken (The Hitching Post).

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