gavin newlands

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met with local volunteer Jodie Campbell to personally congratulate and thank her for organising a lunch for people who otherwise would have spent Christmas day on their loan.

Jodie Campbell has organised a free Christmas lunch for 196 people who would have otherwise spent the day on their own.

Jodie has raised funds – including receiving a donation from Gavin – to allow her to organise a Christmas lunch, plus entertainment and transport for those attending.


Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The work that Jodie has done to help those in need, or those who would have otherwise spent Christmas on their own, epitomises the true meaning of Christmas.

“We’re all guilty for getting caught up in the commercialism of Christmas but at the very centre of it, what we all love most about Christmas is the fact that we get to spend some quality time with our friends and family.

“However, for a variety of reasons people are not able to enjoy Christmas as much as they would like, and Jodie deserves all the credit in the world for doing something so positively to help people have a special time on Christmas day.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the work that Jodie has done and I pay tribute to her and the other volunteers for organising this event.”

Jodie Campbell, Organiser of the Christmas Lunch Event said:

“I was grateful to meet Gavin and speak more about the Christmas Lunch event that has been organised.

“Christmas day should be a special time for everyone and I hope that the event that we’ve organised goes someway in helping to combat isolation and loneliness at Christmas time.”