A KIND-HEARTED Coleraine woman will be hosting her 33rd Christmas Day Special for those who would otherwise be facing the prospect of spending December 25 alone.
Despite suffering from the debilitating condition Fibromyalgia and working four days a week as voluntary director of Fibromyalgia Support Northern Ireland, Margaret Peacock and her band of helpers are preparing for a festive feast.
She said: “I know what it's like to be lonely and don't want others to feel like that on Christmas Day; instead I want them to be surrounded with new and old friends. They will be doing me a favour as well, by keeping me company.”
From humble beginnings at the local TA camp, Margaret's legendary Christmas Day dinners grew in popularity and this year she is planning to cater for around 60 at Rathain Fold.
“We already have 42 names; people keep coming back year after year and sometimes they just walk in. We pick them up, serve up a four-course Christmas dinner and there is entertainment all afternoon. We are starting to wrap up presents from Santa and there is a raffle and bingo before high tea at 5.30pm," Margaret added.
*Read more on Margaret's remarkable story in this week's Coleraine Chronicle