Reader's Letter: A Christmas Day to remember


Christmas Day arrived, but so did my continuing flu bug. I had been given an invitation to attend a Christmas Day lunch for older people, who would be alone on that day. I was so disappointed I could not attend.

The lunch was to be held at the Wilmslow Guild and run by a large number of volunteers The care and hard work organising the event must have been tremendous. Not only the preparation of the hall and the food, but done by people who had given up their Christmas Day to look after strangers.

Reluctantly, I had to phone Lucy, who was to have given me a lift to the Guild, explaining my dilemma. Imagine my surprise when Lucy arrived much later, armed with a bag of goodies. She had brought a foil dish, containing a Christmas dinner. There was also a bunch of flowers, a bottle of wine, mince pies, chocolates, and a tin of chocolates with my name printed on the wrapper. Not only that, there was also a parcel with three gifts; a pair of gloves, a box of three hand creams, and a sterling silver chain, holding a pearl and diamanté pendant. All the food and gifts had been donated.

There was also a card from the volunteers and one from the children of Lindow School. That was hand made and written by one of the children, wishing a happy new year and sending 'an amazing smile'. It not only made me smile, but very happy.

I was overwhelmed by the kindness and care shown by this group of volunteers, who had offered their services, not only to help with the organisation, but to ferry people to and from the event. This had been the brainchild of a lady named Yvette Royle, who had worked tirelessly, by asking for volunteers on social media. She was inundated with offers.

I expected to be alone, but it is one of my best Christmas Day's, made special because of the kindness of all those 'angels'. I'd like to give them a big hug and send my love and gratitude. I am sure that all the people who attended the event would wish to express the same.

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Friday 3rd January 2020 at 3:41 pm
Well done to all involved- a brilliant effort.

Happy New Year Dorothy; hope you are recovered.
Julie Dawn Potts
Friday 3rd January 2020 at 5:46 pm
Dorothy Im so sorry you weren't well enough to attend the Christmas Day lunch held at The Guild in Wilmslow and do hope that you have fully recovered and wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year! The lunch was a truly memorable and successful event and I'm sure Yvette will be looking to hold another Christmas Day lunch this year, so hopefully you will be able to join us then! Your letter is gratefully appreciated, all the hard work by local volunteers certainly made the lunch a fabulous occasion to remember for those people who would otherwise have spent the day alone, it was a truly heartwarming occasion - All the best to you.
Julie Dawn Potts - Wilmslow West Ward Town Councillor
Paul O'Neill
Sunday 5th January 2020 at 8:08 pm
A really nice story, community spirit at its best! I watched something on the BBC news yesterday about breakfast clubs being set up in schools because the pupils parents can't afford to give their kids a pre-school breakfast. The teachers buy the cereals, fruit and drinks in and pay for them out of their own pockets! Maybe I'm naïve but I wasn't aware this happened and feel the need to help by buying some the supplies. If anyone want to help out in any way then please get in touch -
Dorothy Lockton
Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 1:54 pm
I feel so humble from all the lovely letters to the one I wrote with regard to the Christmas Day lunch at the Guild. I had no idea this kind of thing went on, and when it was offered, I gladly accepted. Then, I could not attend. My surprise when Lucy arrived with wonderful gifts and food. I could not believe that people went to all that extra trouble to make my day special and not leave me out of the celebration. Thanks' also to the children of Hollins School for their lovely card and greeting.
Dorothy Lockton