FOR the past three years, Gloria Stewart has made Christmas for 300 people by putting on a dinner they might otherwise not have had.
She has single-handedly raised the money, organised the food and the volunteers to make the special day happen.
Her name has become synonymous with Christmas as she selflessly set about organising the event.
But this year the party could be derailed because, as with many things, the recession is taking its toll.
However, such is the generosity of Gloria, she has promised that, come what may, the show will go on in one way or another.
She is appealing to businesses to help her to save the day and to continue to bring Christmas joy to hundreds of guests.
Gloria says that if she has to, then she may have to cut a few corners by scaling back on some things.
And even is she has to, the 62-year-old has said she will dig into her own pockets to make up the shortfall.
We cannot let that happen. Gloria deserves our support.
Let us hope that businesses will share in her Christmas goodwill and do what they can to make sure she can continue to spread joy to so many this year.
More than just a licence at stake
WE have been warned. It’s that time of year when the police up the ante on drink-driving with their campaign message.
As well as pledging to breathalyse all drivers involved in accidents this year, they will also be staging operations to pull over drivers the morning after.
The extra roadside checks should prove an effective deterrent for those tempted to climb into their cars having had a heavy night on the booze.
Remember, if you are tempted to drink or drive, or to drive the morning after, that it is more than your licence you risk losing, it is also your livelihood. And in this day and age, that has to be a deterrent worth thinking about.
A history lesson
TWO suburbs, two cases of traffic congestion, two very different outcomes.
While Dore and Totley residents can celebrate the green light for a park and ride scheme, a plan to widen lanes at Hunters Bar roundabout has been sent back to the drawing board.
So it’s a historic day in Dore, but the historic value of a roudabout has determined that Ecclesall must wait a little longer