McDon­ald’s serve up a fes­tive treat for needy

STAFF TO OPEN UP ON CHRIST­MAS DAY TO PRO­VIDE BA­CON ROLLS FOR HOME­LESS AND THE LONELY

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YAR­WOOD news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

A McDON­ALD’S will open on Christ­mas Day to feed the for the home­less and pro­vide com­pany for the lonely.

The fast food restau­rant at Mersey­way Shop­ping Cen­tre, Stock­port, will be serv­ing up ba­con rolls and brews from 8am-9am on De­cem­ber 25.

Staff hope the kind-hearted ges­ture will make a dif­fer­ence to those who may oth­er­wise have nowhere to go.

As­sis­tant man­ager Kevin Buck­ley said the Stock­port fran­chise has been work­ing with home­less char­ity The Well­spring for some time.

He said: “There’s quite a large home­less pop­u­la­tion in the area.

“We have quite a good re­la­tion­ship with them, they come in for a brew and a chat. The team here wanted to make a dif­fer­ence, so did the fran­chisee Stu­art Broad­belt, it was some­thing we were all very pas­sion­ate about and we de­cided a way of do­ing that was to open on Christ­mas Day.”

Staff were quick to vol­un­teer to work, and Kevin says there will be around 20 em­ploy­ees there on the day, as well as some fam­ily mem­bers.

“My wife is com­ing and so is our sixyear-old daugh­ter,” he added.

We want to give it a bit more of a fam­ily feel, not just a ba­con roll and a cof­fee.

“We will be there to have a chat with peo­ple and make them feel at home.”

As well as Stock­port’s home­less com­mu­nity, the fran­chise has de­cided to ex­tend the in­vite to any­one who faces spend­ing the day alone.

Kevin said: “We’ve got a few reg­u­lar cus­tomers who we see daily that we’ve in­vited to come down, and we are open to any­one else who is in need of a bit of com­pany that day.”

The Mersey­way restau­rant is one of a hand­ful open­ing their doors on Christ­mas Day.

Last month, the team at McDon­ald’s in Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne town cen­tre con­firmed it too would be serv­ing up break­fast to those in need.

It is the sec­ond year run­ning staff have vol­un­teered their time on Christ­mas Day to help out.

The event will be ran in part­ner­ship once again with lo­cal char­i­ties Grey­stones Tame­side and We Shall Over­come – Ash­ton.

From left, staff Jamie Con­nolly, Gaynor Fairhurst, Kevin Buck­ley and busi­ness man­ager Matthew Wood

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