IT IS said that Christmas is a time to be around loved ones, but not everybody will have the chance to sit around the table with friends and family on December 25.
One Batley food outlet is hoping to tackle this by throwing open their doors to the homeless for a day.
Smokey’s Original, on St James Street, will be open from 12noon until 4pm on Christmas Day for homeless people who can eat free of charge and receive presents.
The idea is that of manager Graham Fryer, who is hoping to feed as many homeless people as possible on the day.
He said: “People are so focused on their own lives that sometimes we forget about other people.
“Homeless people are often forgotten about and if we can make them happy, even if it is just for one day, it has got to be worth it.”
Graham is appealing for donations of food and presents and is also asking for people to give up their time to help out on the day.
If anybody would like to get in touch, they can do so via the Smokey’s Facebook page, or by calling in to the town centre premises.
As well as the event at Smokey’s, there are also other Christmas meals planned around the district.
Overthorpe Tenants and Resident’s Association will be holding a Christmas Day lunch for people over the age of 50 who are lonely. The buffet lunch will be held at Charlesworth Court, Thornhill from 1pm until 4pm. Transport can be arranged by calling 01924 458526.
Biggie’s Fast Food, on Edge Avenue, Thornhill, will be offering free food and hot drinks to the homeless and elderly from 5pm on Christmas Day.
Finally, Lydgate Lodge Care Home, on Soothill Lane, Batley, are hosting a Christmas lunch for isolated elderly people on Wednesday, December 21.
As well as the lunch, the home will also provide the opportunity for visitors to participate with the residents in various activities and there will also be entertainment.
There will be no charge for local, older people to attend, but places are strictly limited.
If you would like to attend contact Kristyna Hunt on 07701 000 434.