Members of a Halesowen charity will be able to sit back and relax at their Christmas party when they have their meals served to them by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley.

Mayor Councillor Melvyn Mottram and Mayoress Michelle Mottram will be rolling up their sleeves and serving up lunches to members of The Hope Centre on Saturday (December 15).

The Mayor visited the centre earlier in the year and was invited back to join them for their annual Christmas meal. But the borough’s first citizen was so impressed with their work, he and the Mayoress offered to serve the meals as a thank you for the volunteers’ hard work.

The Mayor will also lead the group in a series of Christmas carols on the day.

Councillor Melvyn Mottram, Mayor of Dudley, said:

“The Hope Centre is such a fantastic place and the volunteers do an amazing job in the community. It is only right we do our bit to say thank you and volunteer to help serve the meals.

“I’m looking forward to going back to celebrate Christmas with all the people who make the Hope Centre such an enormous success.”

The Hope Centre, based in Andrew Road, provides help and support to people on a range of issues including domestic violence, housing, drug and alcohol abuse, debt problems and also provides education and training help.