A kind-hearted nurse has gone above and beyond to bring some joy to the elderly this Christmas.
Each year Nicky Makepeace comes up with a Christmas charity campaign, donating clothing to the homeless and advent calendars to the food bank.
This year she has gone one step further by collecting donations and making 60 Christmas hampers for vulnerable and lonely adults in the community.
Nicky, 47, who works as a nurse at Stepping Hill on the dementia ward, said: “Because I work with older people I know how lonely Christmas can be for them, so I thought it would be a nice thing to make up some hampers to give to them. Older people tend to get forgotten about at Christmas.
“At this time of year you can get a bit self centred and it’s nice to share with people who aren’t as fortunate as you.”
Nicky, who lives on Buxton Road, drafted in the help of her three daughters -Lauren, 23, Molly, 15, and Summer, 14 - and AgeUK East Cheshire, who have identified the most needy recipients in Macclesfield and Stockport and delivered the presents.
Nicky said: “I asked my friends on Facebook if anyone wanted to donate some items, and I put it on the intranet at work, and I had an absolutely fantastic response. I thought I’d get enough for about 10 hampers and I’ve ended up doing 60 - thank you to everyone who has donated.
“I’ve been making them up in the evenings for the past two months - they have taken over our living room. But it’s worth it.”
The former Tytherington High School pupil, who has just started a new job as an advanced nurse practitioner in the community, is hoping to go even bigger next year and host a Christmas dinner.
Kathryn Harrison, of AgeUK Cheshire East, said: “Everyone at Age UK Cheshire East would like to thank Nicky Makepeace, and her team of helpers, for organising and making Christmas hampers which we have been able to give out to socially isolated, older people within Macclesfield and Cheshire East.
“The Christmas hampers have been a real treat for older people who may otherwise see no one over the Christmas period. Social isolation can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and for those people that have received hampers, it has let them know that they are in peoples thoughts this Christmas.