“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh

By Anthony Birch

Director of Birch Fine Foods


As I am sure you are aware, in the last few years the U.K has witnessed an alarming rise in homelessness, twinned with a sharp increase in mental health issues, with reported issues and cases hitting record numbers.


Anthony Birch owner Silver Birch Fine Foods, understands that Christmas can really be a struggle for many; so they have approached the Umbrella Centre, a charity based in Canterbury and will be running a fully volunteered service catering for the vulnerable on Christmas Day, from 11am until 3pm.

Anthony Birch set this event as after his time volunteering with The Children’s Heart Federation at Great Ormand Street Hospital working with children and adolescents to build a transition clinic, he understands how many people are reminded of struggle and upset at this time of year.

He wanted to use his catering experience to create a place of comfort and community spirit for the community. They will be offering a free Christmas dinner to those who are less fortunate, in the hope that somehow, together, we can remember what Christmas is supposed to be about.

In an age of increasing austerity and sadly decreasing community, Silver Birch Fine Foods pledges to provide a free, non-profitable service for the homeless and vulnerable proportion of the Canterbury populus, bringing the spirit back to Christmas.

If you would like to volunteer please feel free to email them at [email protected]

Or feel free to contact The Umbrella Centre Canterbury and ask for Hannah

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” Vincent Van Gogh