St Leonards girl visits lonely pensioners on Christmas Day

Faith had a present for everyone at the centre SUS-151229-155814001
Faith had a present for everyone at the centre SUS-151229-155814001

A St Leonards girl handed out hugs and presents on Christmas Day to elderly people at a day centre after being inspired by a TV advert.

Faith Goodsell made the people at the Royal Voluntary Service Centre a whole lot more festive by taking time to make them feel loved during the holidays.

Faith Goodsell gave up part of her Christmas Day to deliver presents to older people in Hastings

Faith Goodsell gave up part of her Christmas Day to deliver presents to older people in Hastings

The centre opens for older people who would otherwise be alone on December 25 and the six-year-old was inspired to visit them after seeing the John Lewis Man on the Moon Christmas television advert.

Janet Porte usually spends the holidays by herself and said she used to dread Christmas time.

But this year the 73-year-old went along to the Christmas Dinner at the centre in St Leonards after going for the first time in 2014.

“I used to feel like taking a tablet to sleep for three days until it was all over because I felt so lonely over the festive period but being with other people last year made me forget that I would otherwise be by myself, sitting at home feeling worse and worse each hour,” she said.

Faith made the elderly people's and volunteer's days SUS-151229-155802001

Faith made the elderly people's and volunteer's days SUS-151229-155802001

“I can’t say I’m looking forward to Christmas this year but knowing I’m going along to the centre to be with other people means I’m certainly not dreading it in the way I used to.”

Faith’s arrival, armed with gifts and love, made the day all the more special for the centre visitors.

Centre development manager Sue Adey said she was surprised that Faith had presents for everybody and her visit made their day.

“I did have a tear in my eye when she brought out presents for everybody,” she said.

“It was such a nice thing to do as did made a difference, it’s just a shame more adults don’t want to share the spirit of Christmas.

“The centre is these people’s lives and it was such a nice thought for someone so young.”

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