A FESTIVE meal has been organised for people who will be on their own at Christmas. 
 
Wendy Spaxman, 43, organised the meal to help give something back at Christmas. She wanted to help people who may be lonely or isolated to enjoy the festive season and to celebrate the season of giving. 
 
“I’ve thought about doing it for years,” she said. “So many old people are by themselves at Christmas with no families to go to and I wanted to help so I set about organising this meal.
 
“I believe we should give back at Christmas, it’s the Christian thing to do, and for quite a few years I have done the rucksack appeal but I wanted to take it further this year and give people a space to make new friends and beat the loneliness for a while.”
 
Wendy reached out to Age UK in Barnsley for help contacting people who may be on their own.
 
“I grew up in Grimethorpe and all the old people would look after the kids during the miners’ strike and I wanted to give something back in appreciation.
 
“I knew Age UK would know about people who might enjoy the meal and would help me to get in contact with them.”
 
Guests at the meal will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with Christmas pudding, carols, games and an appearance from Father Christmas. 
 
The Christmas meal will be held at New Options Gym, Grimethorpe on December 20 from 1pm – 4pm.
 
For more information, or to book a place contact Carol at Age UK on 776820.