Edwin Homes, and 86-year-old widower with a heartbreaking secret, was a regular shopper at Sainsbury’s. He was well-known by the staff for his frequent visits and kind nature, but one day, he confessed something that brought workers to tears.
After 45 years of marriage, Edwin’s wife passed away back in 2006. His daughter had moved to Australia with her two daughters, and he had no more family left alive in Britain. It meant that he rarely spent holidays with people that he cared about. When he mentioned that his Christmas plans were to eat a frozen ready-meal, they knew that they couldn’t let him spend the holiday alone.
Edwin was a favorite to the staff and even other regular customers. Ellie Walker, a worker at Sainsbury’s whose job it is to interact with customers, decided to do something about it. She invited him to Christmas dinner in the Sainsbury’s cafeteria!
He said it was his first ‘date’ in 55 years and he was as nervous as a schoolboy,” Ellie said. “It made me cry because I could see how much it meant to him. For me it’s the most important part of my job to speak with customers and see how their day is going.”
They now meet regularly to chat over coffee, and the story has inspired others to make more of an effort to interact with the elderly people in their own communities.
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