THE DELIGHT is written on her face. Residents at a Dewsbury care home were given presents by Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden in the ITV soap, as part of the Gift for Granny appeal.
The appeal was highlighted by The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign for its focus on helping the lonely.
It was set up by Huddersfield businesswoman Stacey Crowther, who, struck by the plight of some of the people she met in Yorkshire care homes, last year decided to do what she could to change that, by collecting gifts for elderly people who would otherwise receive no presents at Christmas.
She said: “Christmas, for most of us, is a joyous time filled with laughter and family, however for some care home residents this time of year can be a particularly lonely time.
“We are delighted that Kelvin Fletcher could join us to deliver gifts this year.”
The appeal has been supported by LNT Group, which runs the Ashworth Grange care home in Dewsbury where the presents were delivered by Mr Fletcher yesterday. It donated 160 presents to the appeal.
Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, said: “Gift for Granny brings much enjoyment to those elderly care home residents who don’t have family to give them gifts at Christmas – such a small gesture of kindness means so much to so many. We’re delighted to be involved for the second year. As ever, we’re very grateful to everyone who has so generously donated gifts.”