Summer? It’s Christmas on Queens Road

The St Wilfrid's Centre in Queen's Road, Sheffield, held its annual Christmas party in May event on Friday (17 May 2013). Our picture shows Centre director Kevin Bradley and Santa, played by Dominic Maloney, the Centre's personal development manager, with a copy of the menu book.
The St Wilfrid's Centre in Queen's Road, Sheffield, held its annual Christmas party in May event on Friday (17 May 2013). Our picture shows Centre director Kevin Bradley and Santa, played by Dominic Maloney, the Centre's personal development manager, with a copy of the menu book.

While many people are hoping for a good summer, thoughts turned this week to Christmas in one part of Sheffield.

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings was served up by staff at St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and other vulnerable people in Queens Road.

Even Santa Claus dropped in for the annual ‘Christmas Day in May’ event.

Kevin Bradley, St Wilfrid’s director, said: “They say Christmas only comes once a year, but here we say why not have it twice?

“We had a great day with a good old sing-song and Father Christmas enjoyed himself.”

But behind the tinsel lies a serious message - the charity organises the day to give its clients a hot, nutritious meal and emphasise the importance of a balanced diet.

Many of the people who are referred to St Wilfrid’s through GPs, charities and organisations and are unable to cook for themselves. The centre has launched its own cookbook of simple recipes.

Mr Bradley said: “Last year I was talking to one of our clients who had lived on his own for several years. He told me he had never once cooked a meal for himself because he didn’t know how to, had lived on takeaways and was overweight with various health problems. The Christmas dinner shows how important a good meal is.”

l A £1.8m appeal has been launched for a residential centre near St Wilfrid’s where clients could live for up to two years.