Yorkshire, Christmas, 1953. They'd had a cold and hungry winter but Gloria's mother had scrimped and saved to ensure the fire was lit and her five children each had a plate full of food. There was even a place at the table ready for an unexpected visitor; every year there seemed to be someone in need.
Despite the busy household, Gloria often ended up playing by herself. That is, until a knock on the door that brought a scruffy pup into her life and her heart.
Over the years, Gloria adopted many more dogs, even the odd cat, who helped her through the good times and the bad; through illness, love and loss. They even helped her to carry on her mother's legacy, bringing warmth, food and happiness to those alone at Christmas.
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About the Author
Gloria Stewart has dedicated her life to helping people, both through her work as a care worker and her charity event for people without anyone to celebrate with at Christmas, Home Alone.
Gloria's event has grown every year since it began in 2007 and now brings festive cheer to hundreds of people across Yorkshire.
A Friend for Christmas is the autobiographical account of her incredible life.