Nottingham mum organises 'bigger and better' Christmas Day event for the lonely

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A Nottingham mum is set to bring festive cheer to people with nowhere to go during the festive period by arranging another big bash on Christmas Day.

Mum-of-two Mo Fayose, 43, of Vicarage Close, Basford, held a similar event last year and was so overwhelmed by the response to her Christmas Day meal that she has decided to do it all again this year.

The former student mental health nurse will be entertaining between 120 and 150 people who would have spent Christmas Day alone.

Her philosophy is that being around others is vital to improving a person’s mental health.

She told the Post: "It will be bigger and better this year. We have got people who came last year who are coming back again and we have got people who are coming for the first time.

"We are going to have a traditional Christmas dinner and it is all coming out of my own pocket with the help of a few people who have donated.

Getting into the Christmas spirit - Mo Fayose, 43, with Sandra St John, 71.

Getting into the Christmas spirit - Mo Fayose, 43, with Sandra St John, 71.

"It is free. In England we are always giving something for something but I don’t want that. Giving should be giving without expecting.

"This event is really impacting on people’s quality of life and it gives them something to look forward to. It is holistic therapy and that’s what I wanted to do as a nurse."

The free event will be held at the Self Love Hub in Bulwell Lane, Bulwell, with breakfast being served at 8am until 11am and Christmas dinner between 12pm and 3pm.

Guests will then be invited to take part in festive singing and dancing between 4pm and 7pm.

A total of 60 people have already confirmed their plans to attend so far, but Ms Fayose is calling on more people to come forward.

Ready to cook for the lonely this Christmas - Mo Fayose.

Ready to cook for the lonely this Christmas - Mo Fayose.

She added: "The word loneliness has a stigma and I don’t want it to have a stigma.

"People think loneliness is being on your own, but it can be people on their own with children so please come and join us. We will have face painting. It is a tough time for single parents this time of the year."

David Flint, 73, of Sherwood, attended the event last year and is encouraging local people to come out and have a fantastic Christmas Day with Mo and the gang.

He told the Post: "The worst thing about Christmas is being alone. My partner died in 2011 and I have had so many Christmases by myself.

"It is the worst time of the year to be by yourself and I am 73 and it really affects me. I get very isolated. I think the event is brilliant. Everyone is really happy. How Mo does it I do not know, she is the most generous, loving person - a true Samaritan of the 21st century."

There is still plenty of room at the table. If you want to attend the event visit Mo's website and send her an email or call her here

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