A Barnsley family are giving up their own Christmas day to help people who would otherwise be alone on the festive occasion.
Raychel and Steve McGuin of Darton and Raychel’s mum and step-dad Judith and Ian Bisset, Athersley South, have planned the Darton Community Christmas Dinner (DCCD).
Photo: (l to r) Raychel McGuin, Judith Bisset and Ian Bisset in Zest Restaurant at Barnsley College
The event will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Christmas Day at the Darby and Joan Club on Church Street, Darton and is for anyone who will be alone on the day, with priority given to isolated elderly people. The lunch is free for guests but they must book their place by Thursday 18 December.
Donations of food, supermarket vouchers and wrapped gifts for the guests are being sought and volunteers are needed to cook and serve and to collect and drop off guests.
Raychel, 46, said: “Christmas has always been a difficult time of year for us; it brings back lots of memories of my late Dad who was called in for a kidney transplant at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve in 1978. Since then we’ve never really been able to enjoy Christmas in the traditional sense so doing the Christmas Dinner this year will help to give a new focus to the day.
“It’ll be great to help those people who might otherwise be alone and we’d love to hear from anyone who knows of anyone who should attend. I have been overwhelmed with the support I’ve already received with offers of help and donations.”
For more information or to volunteer contact 07909 857574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a place at the lunch please call 01226 289206 by Thursday 18 December.