Raymond Parker and Donna Mawhinney with their massive turkey
It’s the season of goodwill to all men, but pensioner Raymond Parker is one man who has dished up more than his fair share of the festive spirit.
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.”
Age Concern UK Day Centre, Clarence Row, Gravesend. Marlene Wise, Donna Mawhinney, Debbie Waterfall, Doris Stedman, Sue Ring and Raymond Parker.