A CHARITY'S festive feast for isolated people in Oswestry is set to return thanks to the generosity of a school.

Oswestry School has offered to be the venue for CHALK CIC's Open House event on Christmas day – and will also provide food and staff.

CHALK announced that it cannot hold its event this year as Shropshire Council could not offer The Centre on Oak Street for free due to budget cuts.

But Gemma Cassin, director of CHALK, was delighted that Oswestry School stepped in this year.

She said: "Not only are they giving us the venue, but they're buying all the food and the staff are cooking it, which is incredible.

"It's most of my year's work trying to donations of food for the meal and getting volunteers to cook it, so they're absolute lifesavers."

Ms Cassin said that the meal was for anyone who did not want to be alone at Christmas, including the the homeless, those in temporary accommodation, people in poverty or who are new to the area.

Ms Cassin added that the school's kindness means that CHALK can help more families in the area with its festive deliveries of meals, food hampers and presents.

"We want to go as far afield as possible to make sure that there are no children going without presents or food this year," she said.

Registration for gifts is open at https://goo.gl/forms/xnHbuRyhxGzFXQBJ3

Meanwhile, registration for the Open house will start in July.

For more information contact Gemma Cassin on 01691 671137 or email chalkcicshop@gmail.com