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“Hosting a Christmas dinner for my older neighbours reminded them how lovely it is to not eat alone”

Wakefield Written by local resident, Jo

I decided to host a Christmas dinner for the older residents in my area who may be lonely. I knew they were looking forward to it as one of the guests who attended said she woke up and laid in bed, but when she remembered it was party day, it made her hurry out of bed to get ready.

I decided to cook a roast ham with all the trimmings; pigs in blankets, vegetables, homemade coleslaw. There were sandwiches and party nibbles for those that didn’t want a big meal. For dessert there was a cheese board, stollen, Christmas cake and mince pies. A few of the ladies had a little glass of bubbles and there was lots of laughter and talk of days gone by.

Another guest commented on how lovely it is to not eat alone. When Christmas presents were handed out, my neighbour Irene said she had never in her life been so well looked after.

Everyone left with a smile on their face and said they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It makes such a difference to these ladies as they all live alone and can go from week to week without seeing anyone, especially in winter.

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