Free festive cheer for those facing Christmas alone


A local sandwich shop is offering a free meal and drink on Christmas Day for anyone facing Christmas alone or in need of a hot meal.

Subway franchisee Rachael King will be opening the Handforth branch to provide people who may be alone during the festive period somewhere to go for a complimentary hot festive sub and a drink.

A few years ago, Racheal found out that a lonely old gentlemen, Arthur, who visited her store every day for years had sadly passed away. Soon after she found out that the reason that he came so often was because he had nowhere else to go. In memory of him, she has kept opened her store every Christmas Day since, naming it 'Arthur's Christmas'.

Rachael said: "We open our doors on Christmas day because no one should be alone, cold or hungry at this time of year. It's important to understand that Christmas isn't about receiving presents and that many others are much less fortunate than them."

Handforth Subway is inviting anyone facing Christmas alone or in need of a hot meal to go along between 11am and 1pm where staff have volunteered to be on hand to bring some festive cheer.



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Terry Roeves
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:31 am
A heartwarming story. And I can recommend the pulled pork on a brown roll.
Dave Cash
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:53 pm
What other coffee/hot snack food outlets were open 11am-2pm on Xmas Day?
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 7:55 am
Well done Subway handforth, very inspirational. I hope you and your guests enjoyed the Xmas cake. I saw Subway was doing and was inspired to volunteer as a driver for the Marmalade trust in Bristol where were staying for Xmas. The Marmalade trust held sit down Xmas lunches in venues across Bristol for people who would otherwise be alone.
Loneliness is a silent killer and Xmas can be an especially challenging time to be alone.
Estelle Lewis
Monday 1st January 2018 at 6:42 pm
Lovely idea and 10 out of 10 for doing this BUT a lot of people are on their on thoughout the year.

I'm NOT suggesting this lady serves free butties and drinks all year round, just saying that as with tv ads etc, the lonely and the homeless don't disappear on December 26th