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For the 77-year-old treated visitors and staff at a Gravesend day centre to a 24lb turkey out of his own pocket.
Mr Parker, who lives in Glebe Road, Northfleet, has been a regular at Age UK North West Kent Fleming Resource Centre for four years, and wanted to say thank you.
The widower stumped up £50 to buy the giant bird, which was cooked and served up with all the trimmings at a Christmas lunch on Friday.
Senior carer Donna Mawhinney said: “He is really a very generous man and will go out of his way to buy us loads of things.
“Mr Parker always buys us random things and even helped us buy a dishwasher. He has got a really good heart.”
The turkey, which was bought from Lean Meats Butchers in Pelham Road, was so big it had to go into the oven at 5.15am – with the legs removed from the breast – to ensure it was cooked in time.
Mr Parker said the centre was his lifeline. “I come here every day and never get bored.
“There are so many people I know here, and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. I love it here, I really do. I am well looked after and Donna is worth her weight in gold.
“I just wanted to thank everyone. I can’t afford to buy them all a present, so I decided to get a big turkey for everyone.”
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