When 22 year-old Sainsbury’s worker Ellie Walker found out that one of her customers had no-one to spend Christmas with, it broke her heart.
86 year-old former painter and decorator Edwin Holmes lost his wife in 2006, and his daughter and grandchildren live all the way in Australia.
So Ellie asked him out for a meal.
On behalf of Sainsburys, I took Edwin for Christmas dinner in the store cafe.
He came in all dressed up and presented me with flowers.
Such a lovely night with a lovely man.
Edwin even turned up in a smart suit.
And brought Ellie flowers.
Ellie told The Sun:
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.
Edwin lives in sheltered housing near the Leeds store where Ellie works.
He retired at the age of 76, and had to give up his house and garden seven years ago.
And it wasn’t just a one off – Ellie says they now meet up regularly.
He is without a shadow of a doubt my favourite customer.
He is the cutest man and so chatty.
I see him regularly now and we meet for coffee.
It’s nice to be able to chat with him.