Officers from our Meadowhall Safer Neighbourhood Team have supported Sheffield’s ‘Mrs Christmas’ Gloria Stewart feed over 400 elderly and lonely people at the forces Niagara centre in Sheffield.
69-year-old Gloria started her ‘home alone’ Christmas lunches in 2007 after she started talking to an elderly lady in a hospital waiting room. Gloria asked the lady how she would be spending Christmas and when she replied ‘alone’, Gloria became determined to make sure that nobody spent Christmas feeling lonely.
The first year, Gloria distributed leaflets and asked for donations to provide a lunch for over 80 people, since then the event has become bigger and bigger, now making hundreds of people’s Christmas wish come true; which is enough for Gloria, who said: “their faces say it all.”
On Wednesday 19 December, four officers from the Meadowhall team helped Gloria seat the guests, serve drinks and dish out turkey dinners.
Guest also then had entertainment and received a present each.
PC Craig Crew said: “Mrs Christmas’ Home Alone lunch with the Meadowhall team brought together 100’s of people that live alone or feel isolated at Christmas.
“The event has now been run successfully by Meadowhall and our partner agencies for years and is a well worthy cause.
“I along with my colleagues thoroughly enjoyed being part of the event and hope to be involved in the future.”