Highgate arts centre Jacksons Lane calling for entertainers and drivers for Christmas Day dinner for elderly and disabled

An arts centre is calling on the community to give back this Christmas by helping out in any way possible at its festive lunch for elderly and disabled residents.

Volunteers at Jacksons Lane in Archway Road, Highgate, are struggling to find a minibus driver who is free in the afternoon on Christmas Day to take diners home.

The Christmas Day lunch provides elderly and vulnerable residents from Camden and Haringey with a chance to connect with other people on a day they would otherwise spend on their own.

Participation manager Stuart Cox said it would also be “amazing” if a local West End actor or TV star could drop in on the day to provide some quality entertainment for the diners after they’ve tucked into their three-course meal.

“These people are at risk of being alone and if we don’t have any drivers, it means people can’t come at all potentially,” said Mr Cox. “That’s why it is really important.”