A group of friends hope to bring festive cheer to people planning to spend Christmas Day alone.
They are organising a Christmas party - complete with a meal with all the trimmings- and are inviting people to join them on Christmas Day.
“It would be the worst thing to think a member of your family or someone you know was alone on Christmas Day. We want to make sure no-one is in that position.”Kerry Barker
Funding has been secured and they have enough people to help, but they are looking for more guests to attend the event at Chorley Cricket Club.
They planned to cater for 40 people but so far only 15 have booked a place.
Kerry Barker, one of the organisers, said: “We have enough money to go ahead and we have enough people helping us. We are providing transport on the day for people who can’t get to and from the party.
“We have everything we need, we have just not had an awful lot of interest so far.”
Organising the event with Kerry are friends Carrie Robinson, Cameron Mason, Caroline Webster and Louise Quigley, and they have dubbed themselves Pauline’s Angels in memory of Carrie’s mum. Carrie had the idea and the group wanted to do something to make sure no-one would have to spend Christmas Day alone.
Kerry, 38, who lives in Chorley, said: “It would be the worst thing to think a member of your family or someone you know was alone on Christmas Day. We want to make sure no-one is in that position.”
The party is open to anyone who will be spending Christmas Day alone, especially elderly people, homeless people and those in a women’s refuge.
On the day there will be a Christmas dinner, including starter and dessert, and entertainment such as bingo, a raffle and visit from Father and Mrs Christmas.
The group held a music night in October which raised £800 and have sponsorship from financial planning business Cheetham Jackson, so the party will be free for people to attend.
Places for the event must be booked in advance by contacting Carrie on 07542 284016 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.