TV Chef and Great British Bake Off favourite Manon Lagreve joined Eltham resident Amit Patel and his ‘celebrity’ guide dog for a very special Big Lunch, writes Laura Burgoine…

Amit Patel, from Thaxted Road, credits community support for helping him cope with losing his sight. “I moved to Eltham three years ago and found it hard adjusting to a new place that I couldn’t see. The neighbours were so welcoming and helpful that I wanted to find a way to say thank you. I hand delivered 300 invites on the surrounding roads and I’m absolutely delighted with the turn out today. One neighbour who has lived on my street for 50 years said this is the first street party they’ve had since 1977,” Amit said.

“Over the last few weeks so many different people, of all ages, have knocked on my door asking what they can do to help, or ask about what they should bring. It’s really made me feel like I am part of a community. This is what neighbourhoods should be like.”