Blantyre’s very own Gail Gillon has been shortlisted in this years Great Scot Awards and needs all our help with a quick vote!
The cafe boss has been serving up helpings of Christmas Day cheer to dozens of vulnerable and lonely locals for the past three years. Gail, who runs the Jollytots & Cookies Play Cafe in Uddingston, has been throwing open her doors to those in need of company during the festive season.
As well as turkey with all the trimmings, her guests are treated to live music, haircuts, makeovers, a visit from Santa and a hamper full of gifts. Inspired by her own difficult childhood and helped by an army of volunteers, the grandmother of two has become Mrs Claus to the vulnerable in her community.
A former mental health nurse Gail (54), who had an alcoholic father and five siblings, knows what it is like to face poverty at Christmas time.
Her first festive get together in 2015 was attended by 50 people after her appeal on social media was shared 6000 times and her numbers are growing by the year.
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