Barty does the town proud with a successful Christmas Day dinner at Paninis in March
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It was smiles all round and a huge success for the organiser of a Christmas Day dinner for people who would otherwise be on their own.
The event was made all the more touching after last year when Bartosz Alichper prepared a festive feast for 50 - but nobody turned up.
This year was a very different story with two sittings of people enjoying a dinner at Paninis on March market square with entertainment from Back Two.
Bartosz said: “There’s only one direction it can go now....see you on Monday December 25 in 2017.
“It was a true community effort which was absolutely amazing to experience.
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“It wouldn’t be possible to organise, prepare and run the event without enormous help and devotion from a lot of people.
“Particularly I would like to thank Michelle Deyna-Hayward, Paul Hayward Entertainer, Sally, Dave Humphrey, John Elworthy, Sophie Harvey, Reece Maggo and a lovely lady Lorna.
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“Thanks for all donations made. Whatever had been left it was passed onto Lisa Moore for distribution in the Wisbech area.
“Wishing all best fortune for 2017.”
Taxi driver Dave Humphrey, who ferried people to and from the event, said that after nobody turning up last year it made Barty’s success all the more inspirational.
He said: “Success and failure are very subjective, but whatever your definition, be it the pursuit of wealth, success in your career, fulfilment of goals or acts of kindness as with Barty, possibly the real inspiration here is that failure is temporary and only lasts until you try again.
“Once you get what you want the fulfilment felt is also “temporary” and you then simply want more, whereas such a gesture of kindness as demonstrated by Barty inspires others to do similar and as a consequence makes its success everlasting!
“If we try and make sure the ladder we are climbing is lent against a worthwhile wall and, as demonstrated by Barty, we never give up such wonderful things can happen.
“Well done Barty and his helpers, a very well deserved Merry Christmas to all of them.”
He added that one person said without the event they would have been sitting staring at four walls and it made their Christmas.
Another on the way to the meal was a bit unsure and wanted to be taken home - but she was last to leave as she was enjoying it so much.
He said: “The one who looks happiest of all is Barty, a complete gentleman.”