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Meet the army of unsung heroes spreading festive cheer across East Anglia this Christmas

For many of us, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but for others, Christmas can be a real struggle.

Financial pressures can mean that some people don't have the money to feed their families, while others can spend the festive season alone and isolated.

Luckily though, an army of unsung heroes across East Anglia are doing everything they can to ensure Christmas is a time for everyone - no matter how desperate the situation.

They include staff at the Bailey's Fish and Chip shop in Diss who will give up their time on Christmas Day to offer free meals to homeless people living in the town.

"We would like to give something back to the locals, just to remind them of what Christmas is for - thinking about others, sharing our feelings," Cengiz Bolat from the shop told ITV News Anglia.

"We choose to open on Christmas Day just to be with the others who are alone. All the meals are free, not just specific meals. Anything on the menu is all free."

Various pubs are also opening their doors to support vulnerable people.

Among them is 'The Boundary' pub in Norwich who run a foodbank all-year round.

Once again, that will be open on Christmas Day, but the pub is also laying on three-course meals and festive drinks for anyone who would otherwise go hungry.

"We're catering for up to 50 people," landlady Kelly Freeman said.

"It's so important, because they're in need. People have approached us asking for help and that's what we're about - we're about helping people, we're about bringing people together. It's not just about being a public house, it's about being part of the community."

Staff have been preparing festive hampers at the Royal Papworth Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Meanwhile, workers at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge have been busy preparing festive hampers for patients who won't be able to go home for Christmas Day.

"They have the day rooms, so some of them patients are able to go there and they're going to set it up so they can have a Christmas lunch all together," said Chris Moore from the Royal Papworth Hospital.

"Those that can't will have Christmas bits on their trays and we'll be sending around mince pies and Christmas cakes , along with the full Christmas dinner."