A SELFLESS operation run by volunteers dedicated to making Christmas special for those in need saw hundreds of meals served to Warrington's homeless and lonely.

Warrington Open Door At Christmas (WODAC) at St John's Church, on Wilderspool Causeway, relies entirely on the generosity of donations from the public.

Although it is used by many homeless people, or those without long-term housing, WODAC also helps others who would be alone, or unable to attend their usual places over the festive period.

This includes many pensioners, as well as people without family in the area.

WODAC was open from Christmas Day to New Year's Day, from 9.30am to 4pm, with an average of 65 three-course meals served per day.

However, 86 meals were served on Christmas Day and more than 60 on Boxing Day – an increase of around 33 per cent from last year.

In addition, guests were provided with many services provided free of charge by businesses including a minibus, hairdressers, chiropodists, nail artists, crafts, karaoke and music sessions.

St John Ambulance also provided valuable first aid support each day.

WODAC chairman Andy Willis said: "Another wonderful week at WODAC.

"It never ceases to amaze me how kind and generous the people, churches, schools and businesses of Warrington are and how they have all come together every Christmas to support us."

Latchford Music Makers were thrilled to be invited back to provide a musical afternoon for the guests and volunteers.

This year, the group carried out 'Carol-ish', an inclusive musical experience where the band and guests sat together to perform a selection of songs chosen by the guests and volunteers.

WODAC manager Gina Wright said: "Thanks so much for performing, it was brilliant.

"No doubt will see you again next year."

For more information visit the Warrington Open Door at Christmas – WODAC Facebook page.