A widow has written a heartbreaking Facebook post appealing to find a community group so he doesn’t have to eat Christmas dinner alone.
The man, only known as Raymond, posted on the Prestwich People Facebook page saying he is dreading his first Christmas without his wife and his only son lives thousands of miles away in Australia.
He wrote: “I have been gaining the courage to write this so here goes…
“I lost my wife earlier this year, and I am dreading this first Christmas without her. Our only son is now grown up and has a family of his own, lives in Australia and is unable to get back here to spend Christmas with me – I can’t get on a plane to travel that far to see him.
“I don’t want to be a burden but are there any community meet ups on Christmas Day where I can go and meet others so I don’t have to spend the day eating my dinner alone?
“Any help would be much appreciated. I am in the Prestwich area. Regards, Raymond.”
Hundreds have been moved by the post and have invited Raymond to join them and their families on Christmas Day.
Paul Millar posted: “Raymond. Come to ours and eat with us . Were going for a pint in the Bay Horse Whitefield lunchtime. I’ll come and pick you up. We live locally.”
Jacqueline Steele Walkden wrote: “Raymond…I know about that first Christmas alone without your Wife. I am on my 3rd this year without my Husband.
“Please accept one of the very generous offers from our marvellous Prestwich people. Distraction is the one thing that helps weaken our grief and living alone for the first time in our lives.
“Please join in with this first Christmas of yours. You will feel loved and wanted and it will be just what the doctor ordered.”
Gayle Pitcher Crockford said: “Raymond, you are not a burden, there are a lot of us out there that would happily offer company and dinner to anyone alone.
“You did the right thing posting here as otherwise we would never have known. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and maybe you could spend another day with myself and our family after all Christmas is just one day of the year.”
The Prestwich People Facebook said they haven’t heard back from Raymond yet but have been inundated with offers from kind-hearted people.
By Teresa McMahon