The army of volunteers who make it special
THERE are no "bah, humbugs" when these kind-hearted volunteers are around.
Members of the Salvation Army try to make sure no one is left alone on Christmas Day, as one lady knows all too well.
Bett Hill, of Cleethorpes, has tucked into her turkey dinner, at the charity's base on Duncombe Street, Grimsby, for the past three years.
The 87-year-old says without these selfless people Christmas Day would be spent on her own.
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She said: "I have no family nearby to come and visit me so the Salvation Army really perks me up.
"On Christmas Day one of their volunteers will come and collect me and I receive a cup of tea when I arrive.
"The day consists of a traditional turkey dinner, some entertainment, the Queen's speech and a visit from Santa."
Janet Thornally and her husband Trevor organise the Christmas festivities. Alan Chappell and his wife Hazel prepare and cook the food with others, while Pauline Ward sorts out presents.
And it is not just the elderly living on their own who the charity caters for. They open the door to the homeless and anyone in need of company on December 25.
Trevor said: "Last year we had around 60 people come for dinner and the atmosphere was great, everyone had a good time.
"We are desperately in need of more volunteer drivers this year who can transport people to and from our centre on the day.
"Our aim is to tackle isolation and there are still places for people to join in this year's fun.
"We provide a first come, first served service so once we are full that is it."
Anyone wanting to join the Christmas Day celebrations, or who can volunteer as a driver, should call the Salvation Army on 01472 346620.