Sunday, December 22, 2013

85 year old James Gray places an ad looking to spend Christmas day with someone and is overwhelmed with responses...


The 85-year-old turned to The Irish Post in desperation earlier this month, placing an advert in the hope of finding someone to spend December 25 with.
And since we reported his story the retired butler, who is living in south London, has been inundated with offers from prospective companions.
He is now looking forward to receiving his first Christmas cards in years after a Christmas card appeal (see below) from The Irish Post.
“It is so touching to me, after all these years alone, to see this response from people,” he said. “I’m so appreciative of the offers. I should have done this years ago.”
Mr Gray’s story has taken Ireland and Britain by storm since The Irish Post reported it.
Major broadcasters, including BBC Five Live, as well as national newspapers on each side of the Irish Sea have joined the campaign to find the 85-year-old a festive friend.
That has led to messages of support from thousands of readers and listeners touched by his story.
A number of people have also offered to help Mr Gray break his lonely streak by having Christmas dinner with him this year.
Volunteers have come from as far away as Scotland’s Isle of Skye and New York in the US.
Mr Gray, who is originally from Midleton, Co Cork,  said he is looking forward to receiving his first Christmas cards in years from some of those who have been in touch with The Irish Post.
“I did not get a single card for my birthday in August, but I just had to put up with it,” he said.