VOLUNTEERS are being sought to lead a South Lakes charity's first Christmas Getaway for homeless people.

Kendal-based Manna House is looking for a leader or pair of leaders to run the festive break at Rydal Hall Youth Centre, near Ambleside, from Christmas Eve until December 27.

The aim is to provide a traditional Christmas for homeless and vulnerably housed people in South Lakeland.

Manna House says the break is "nearly organised" and all that’s missing is someone to take charge of the event.

The role involves planning the details of the Christmas Getaway with up to 29 participants, including activities, meals, and the allocation of accommodation. From putting up the Christmas tree to enjoying a festive feast, the trip will give clients and a small group of volunteers a Christmas treat.

Lois Sparling, Manna House's winter shelter co-ordinator, said: "We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our appeal for volunteers for the Winter Shelter this year. We have exceeded our target of 90 volunteers to help us provide shelter for homeless clients during the coldest months, but we still need one or two people who are free to spend a few days away over Christmas. It will be so rewarding to share the magic of the season with our clients.”

“The Winter Shelter closes for three nights so that our amazing volunteers and church venues can have a well-earned break over the festivities, and this trip means that we can ensure our clients are safe, well, and surrounded by members of our caring, local community during that time.”

Anyone interested in leading the Manna House Christmas Getaway – or finding out more – is asked to ring Lois, or Andrea, at Manna House on 01539-725534. The first planning meeting will take place in early December.