A disabled elderly woman received an incredible response after she reached out on Facebook for a roast dinner buddy.
Pat Obyrne wrote on Brighton’s Sunday Roast Club page saying she was ‘very lonely’ and ‘loves roast dinners’ but had ‘no car’ and a small appetite.
It wasn’t long before the beautiful people of Brighton flocked to Pat’s call, offering lifts, home-cooked meals, and plenty of company.
Her post on Brighton Sunday Roast Club read:
I am disabled, love roast dinners but live on my own, no car, very lonely, but have not got a big appetite.
Kind strangers offered to pick her up, have dinner with her and drop her home again…
Brighton-based businessman Michael Taggart posted screenshots of the heart-warming exchange on Twitter, which has been liked more than 20k times.
So many people invited her into their homes, one lady said she had a small toddler who could be a nuisance, but Pat replied saying it would be a pleasure to be around a toddler because she was denied access to her grandchildren so had ‘missed out’ on that experience.
It looked as if she found herself a ‘date’ in Rob Elgood who said they could go anywhere Pat liked.
Hello Pat, nice to (virtually) meet you! We would love to accompany you for a roast, and would be very happy to pick you up and take you home, we can go anywhere you like!
Lots of places do half-size portions for smaller appetites, so no worries there. Please do send me a message if you like, it would be our pleasure to make your acquaintance.
You have yourself a date! It would be our pleasure. Where I’m frtaom, if we invite someone out, they most certainly do not pay.
Michael Taggart wrote on Twitter:
This is a first ever post by a lonely, disabled woman in Brighton’s roast dinner Facebook page. The responses are life-affirming.
A local restaurant owner even offered to foot the bill if they chose to eat the roast dinner at his restaurant.
The Brighton Sunday Roast Club page was originally set up to help locals share reviews and find the best place for a roast dinner, but one of the admins on the page was more than happy for its purpose to evolve.
This is a first ever post by a lonely, disabled woman in Brighton's roast dinner Facebook page. The responses are life-affirming. pic.twitter.com/hWbvtAd4Vp
— Michael Taggart (@michael_taggart) October 11, 2017
Speaking to Huff Post UK, Kefi said:
I was delighted by the response to Pat’s piece, but not that surprised.
By and large we have very nice members who are engaged in their community – hence their interest in where’s good locally to go.
I love that a page about roasts can also make someone feel connected to others.
According to a survey carried out for the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel.
Gransnet is one of nine organisations, including Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Silver Line helpline for older people, working to address the issues of loneliness in older people.
Faith in humanity = restored.
After all, a roast dinner every week is just a basic human right.
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