HOMELESS and vulnerable people came together for a mass birthday celebration at a Sheffield community centre.
The party was in full swing at St Wilfrid’s Centre on Queens Road - which has featured on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire - where more than 100 guests gathered for a day of merriment.
Many of the centre’s users, including the homeless, asylum seekers and people with mental health difficulties, are unable to celebrate their individual birthdays - and so the centre began throwing an annual bash to allow everyone to toast to another year together.
Guests sang ‘Happy Birthday to us’ as they tucked into a cake made by the kitchen staff and Sheffield United legend Tony Currie dropped in on celebrations to present medals to the centre-users who took part in the summer sports day.
The winners of the annual St Wilfrid’s football match, Owls versus Blades, were also given honours. This year, the Owls scooped the medals after claiming victory.
And the occasion was made extra-special by Joan McFarlane, aged 59, who carried the Olympic torch through Sheffield. Joan stopped by to show off the gold beacon to St Wilfrid’s party-goers and let them have a go at holding it.
Director Kevin Bradley said: “As a centre we’re not able to celebrate everyone’s birthday do we decided that once a year we’d have a day where we all wished each other a happy birthday.
“We’ve got everyone from the age of 18 to 80 here and it’s fantastic seeing everyone having a good time.
“One guy said it was the first time he’d celebrated his birthday in 20 years, which was a lovely comment to get from someone.”