0 Have your say CHRISTMAS came early for 120 older people in Leeds today, all inspired by one man’s generosity towards those at risk of loneliness. City businessman Mike Day’s youth was spent accompanying his father Ron on day trips, concerts and meals he’d organised for older people who were lonely and isolated. Earlier this year, inspired by his father’s legacy, Mr Day decided to “carry on the baton” and organise a Christmas meal in the hope of bringing people together and creating friendships, just like ‘Ron’s Recycled Teenagers’ did decades earlier. With the help of Age UK Leeds and businesses across the city, yesterday’s event at the Marriott Hotel saw dozens of isolated older people indulge in a Christmas meal, enjoy entertainment and a raffle and leave with a party bag with a knee blanket and shortbread.Transport was even provided by Mr Day’s colleagues at Cleckheaton-based Bibby Financial.Mr Day, who raised more than £3,5000 to fund the event, said: “It has been fabulous – the room was packed. I lost my dad ay Christmas and this was my way of honouring his memory. He was a big advocate of family and older people.“When it began, I thought maybe 50 or… Read full this story
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