Irfan Genc, 20, told  The Independent  that the idea was born out of an unexpected meeting with the elderly lady who turned up at the Shish Restaurant in Sidcup late one cold night. She told staff that the open windows in her home were too high for her to reach and she was too scared to get on a chair to try and close them, he said.   
By way of a thank you, the following day, the lady returned to eat at the restaurant. Staff became “emotional” after she admitted she was lonely, Mr Genc said.  
“She said that she had nothing else to do other than wait for death because her husband died years ago and there was no one to care for her. She said she was also going to be alone on Christmas Day,” he added.  “The old lady’s story really hit us. No matter what religion …