Sheffield centre celebrates end of ‘miserable month’

Volunteer Patrick Meleady serves roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Volunteer Patrick Meleady serves roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
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Ee, by gum – parties don’t come more Yorkshire than this Sheffield soirée.

St Wilfrid’s Centre for homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults threw open its doors for a celebration of all things Yorkshire, marking the end of a miserable January.

The main hall came alive with the sound of Ilkley Moor Bar t’at, with singers and bands from across Yorkshire flocking to the charity’s base to join the fun.

And there was only one contender for the dish of the day during the feast – a traditional Yorkshire pudding served with roast beef.

The feast was organised to highlight the campaign to encourage people who attend the centre to make health and nutrition a priority.

Every day, St Wilfrid’s clients are given a free lunch – for many their only meal of the day.

Guest of honour was businesswoman Simrin Choudrie, an active supporter of the centre since visiting undercover as part of Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire in 2011.

Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, said: “We had a brilliant day and succeeded in our bid to beat the January blues.

“We had a full hall and there was singing and dancing. It’s been so miserable with the weather and so as director I decided to instigate a special feast day.

“The serious side was to encourage people to think about nutrition. Lots of people coming to us are not getting a cooked meal at home and it’s no good.

“Our cook Pam never repeats the same meal in the space of three weeks and there’s always plenty of veg on offer.

Kevin hopes to make the event an annual fixture at the centre on Queens Road.