Stoney Cares: Festive feast for those facing Christmas alone

Stonehaven mum Laura Craddock is leading this year's bunch of volunteers to put on a dinner for those facing Christmas alone.
Stonehaven mum Laura Craddock is leading this year's bunch of volunteers to put on a dinner for those facing Christmas alone.
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With Christmas just days away, a Stonehaven woman is working hard to ensure that no one in Stonehaven needs to face their day alone.

The festive period can be difficult for many, and last year a special Christmas dinner organised by Scott Reid in the town attracted more than 20 people who otherwise would have eaten alone on December 25.

The meal will take place at St James' Church Hall.

The meal will take place at St James' Church Hall.

The dinner was held in St James’ Church Hall and attracted a huge amount of support from the local community, with food, transport and entertainment donated by local businesses and residents.

This year, with Scott away for Christmas, the community dinner seemed to be in danger of not going ahead. However, Stonehaven mum Laura Craddock has stepped in to take over the reins. She said: “When I found out that Scott was going away I thought ‘there is no way that this can’t go ahead this year’ so I agreed to take over. We realise there will be people in the community who may be spending Christmas alone, and we just want to offer the chance for people to come together and have some fun on Christmas Day.”

Last year’s meal attracted a wide range of people, including a married couple who had their first Christmas meal together in 10 years, a man with Dementia who had eaten alone for seven years, and who was so happy he burst into tears when realising they just didn’t want him to eat alone, a father who lost his son three months before and would have been eating alone for his first Christmas ever, and a 96 and 91 year old couple who were not physically able to make a Christmas Dinner enjoyed their four courses together and with others.

Many others of varying ages and backgrounds came together and this year looks set to be no different.

There are plenty of spaces for those still wondering how they will be spending Christmas. Anyone who wishes to join in and come along to this year’s meal, which is free thanks to the generosity of those who have donated, can email stoneycares@outlook.com or phone Laura on 07510313800.