‘Super Gracie’ does it for dad

A DEVASTATED 10-year-old girl whose dad died this year persuaded her family to fulfil his wish – by shelving her own festivities to open a cafe for the homeless on Christmas Day.

Monday, 7th January 2013, 6:00 am

Craig McNulty tried to help the homeless as much as he could and decided to open the family cafe Grilled and Filtered to feed those less fortunate on December 25.

But the 38-year-old joiner and roofer died in August after falling while doing some work on a friend’s roof.

So this year daughter Gracie decided to fulfil her late father’s wish and told mum – Sharon McNulty, of Bronte Close, Staincliffe – that she didn’t want to celebrate Christmas at home and instead asked her to cook up Christmas dinners for people living on the streets.

The family did him proud, with Sharon, Gracie and her three siblings serving a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings to 50 people in the cafe in Bradford Road, Dewsbury.

Sharon, 46, said: “We were all thinking of Craig. It was all in his honour.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic, just to see their faces when they walked in. We bought everybody thermal gloves, thermal scarves, and thermal socks and made sandwiches for them to take away with them.

“Christmas this year wouldn’t have been the same without Craig so when Gracie told us she wanted to do what Daddy had always wanted, we all agreed.

“I know he’d be so happy that we are doing what he wants.”

Gracie added: “It’s been the best Christmas ever. I was just at school feeling sad about my dad so decided I wanted to do something to make him proud and this felt like the perfect thing.

“People have been coming in calling me ‘super Grace’.”

The family’s story hit the national headlines over Christmas – and people have all over the country have been touched by Gracie’s story.

Sharon said: “She’s had cards and letters from people saying how overwhelmed they’ve been at what she’s done.”

And Gracie has set up a facebook page – Gracie’s mission – to encourage cafe’s around the country to follow in the family’s footsteps next Christmas. “If it means two more people are warm next Christmas Day, it will be worth it,” Sharon added.

Sharon, who runs the cafe, met Craig around 15 years ago.

The couple had Gracie 10 years ago and Craig changed his surname so the family would be united.

“I can’t imagine anything worse than sitting down on Christmas Day without him, so we’d rather think that we were making somebody else happy,” said Sharon.