Christmas comes early at Sheffield St Wilf’s

Christmas Day in May at St Wilfrids centre sheffield'Cris Ellison and Lorraine Williamson pull a cracker with Santa
Christmas Day in May at St Wilfrids centre sheffield'Cris Ellison and Lorraine Williamson pull a cracker with Santa

IT WAS one of the hottest days of the year in Sheffield - but more than 80 people dressed up in Santa hats and tucked into their Christmas dinner.

St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable held their ‘Christmas Day in May’, with roast turkey, puddings and carols - and Santa Claus even visited to give everyone a present.

Kevin Bradley, centre director, said: “We nearly stopped the traffic on Queen’s Road.

“When Father Christmas came down the fire escape, every car slowed down and honked their horns.

“It’s been a great day with a great atmosphere.

“We like to do things a little bit differently at St Wilfrid’s and we like to have a bit of fun, but there’s a serious message behind what we are doing.

“Many people who attend the centre don’t eat well and the idea was to give the message that they should try and sit down at least once a day and have a proper hot meal.

“For whatever reason, whether they have mental health problems, or find it hard to cook, some people can go without food and without meals for some time.

“We are encouraging people to have a hot meal every day - and if they can’t do it at home, they can get it at St Wilfrid’s.”

The day centre dishes up a subsidised three-course meal every day.

Kevin said: “We provide a meal for £1.50 and it is never the same twice.”