Christmas is a time of giving, a time where friends and family meet up to eat, drink and be merry.
For some, however, it is one of the loneliest times of the year, as people who have lost touch with loved ones often struggle to join in with the festive mood.
But two friends are hoping to spread a little joy this holiday season by hosting a lunch on Christmas Eve at Amersham Common Village Hall for anyone who may find themselves alone this year.
Lesley Bardell and Paula Hall - who between them have 10 children - will be offering a three course meal, a goody bag filled with chocolates, mince pies and a hand written Christmas card to take home.
Mrs Hall’s son Charles, a barber, is offering free haircuts and beard trims for the men, and daughters Ruby and Tiger-Lily Hall will be doing mini manicures for the ladies.
Ms Bardell’s children - Sappho and Freya - are baking cakes and helping serve the food.
Ms Bardell, from Little Chalfont, said: “We decided we wanted to do it because we have both been in situations where it’s not always happy families at Christmas.”
She added: “We just wanted to do something nice for people that aren’t going to have as good a Christmas as everyone else
“We live in a very affluent area and not everyone is as affluent.
“We’re enjoying it. It just gives us another dimension to Christmas.”
Mum of seven Mrs Hall, from Chalfont St Giles, said: “We want to make this time of year as joyful as possible to as many people as we possibly can.
“There are often things put on for just elderly or homeless people but we did not want to limit our lunch to just the few.
“We want to reach out and make Christmas special.”
Ms Bardell added: “There is no need for anyone to feel lonely or isolated this Christmas. We just want people to come along and gave a good time - no questions asked.”
The pair would like to thank everyone that has donated to their Just Giving page, and to the committee of Amersham Common Village Hall who have allowed use of the hall for a nominal fee.
Leisure manager at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Gerrards Cross Nathan Sabir is supplying drink, mince pies and crackers, and member of staff Shandor Deak has offered to help on his only day off over Christmas.
Mrs Hall added: “Lesley and I wanted to do this as we both have children and love Christmas. We wanted to share the Christmas spirit with local people who may enjoy our company and cooking.”
Visit the groups justgiving page to make a donation and for more information.
The event starts at 12.30pm. Lunch is served between 1pm and 3pm. Activities will take place afterwards.