A grandmother is charging her family £30 a head for their Christmas dinner after becoming overwhelmed by the £500 costs.
Mum-of-three Hayley Gurbett, 50, who also has four grandchildren, defended her decision on This Morning to charge her relatives for the food bill.
It comes just days after it was revealed another woman is asking her loved ones for £17 each to prepare their festive meal with all the trimmings.
Hayley said on the ITV daytime show that she decided to start charging for the Christmas Day feast as her family started to grow and there were suddenly 12 mouths to feed, including eight adults.
She said: “I would spend around £500 and it was like putting a quilt in a washing machine — I couldn’t even close the fridge. I was catering for everybody and overspent, really.
“The cost of living has gone up horrendously over the years. And it just came to the point where my family grew and I was getting more and more grandchildren.
“I would have my son and my daughters round and their partners too and it was just too much.”
Hayley said her family had given their full support to the idea of the financial contributions.
“They understood that. We all sat down and discussed it and they were happy to come to my house and for me to cook it all,” she said.
The care worker said they had tried going out for Christmas lunch but found the experience too stressful and even more expensive.
Hayley added that being the host and doing the washing-up was her way of giving back to the family.
This Morning host Phillip Schofield said his family did similar to Hayley’s.
“This is such a good idea because people do find it tough at Christmas. It is expensive,” he said.
“We’re the same as you. My mum always pays for all the Christmas meat, my brother-in-law always brings the cheese, my other brother-in-law brings the sherry, my mother-in-law brings the vegetables.”
Guest Vanessa Feltz also voiced her support for Hayley.
She said: “I think this is the most incredible thing. It sounds a bit strict and a bit demanding but it’s actually a really good compromise.
“I think she’s so brave. The problem is I’m not a good enough cook to charge my kids.”
Viewers were divided, however, with several opposed to the idea, including one woman who said it was “so wrong on every level”.
Another tweeted: “Charging family & guests £30 for a Christmas lunch..outrageous!!”
#thismorning charging your family for their Christmas lunch is so wrong on every level. I love my family and I am so grateful that they all come to ours on Christmas Day and Boxing Day…… for free!!
— Karen Williams (@kazzawill44) November 28, 2018
Charging family & guests £30 for a Christmas lunch..outrageous!! Not sure if she charges same for the kids, but if she does, a family of 4 is going to cost £120! How about everyone contributes to different parts of the meal? Someone buys the turkey, starter, pud etc #ThisMorning
— Debbi (@_MissJune_) November 28, 2018
No you shouldn’t charge your family for Christmas lunch! If thats the case don’t invite them.. My family always takes a little something to help out, Not because we gets asked to but because we want to. I love Christmas with my family. #thismorning
— Vicky Fitzjohn (@FitzjohnVicky) November 28, 2018
I’d not go to anyone’s house who charged me £30 for a Christmas lunch #ThisMorning
— Sara (@DoubleTreble_) November 28, 2018
‘Hey mum and dad, come for Christmas Dinner, and bring your credit card …’ 🙄 #ThisMorning
— AngryBritain.com (@AngryBritain) November 28, 2018
This women charging her family for Christmas Dinner. I rather have beans on toast with grated cheese than pay my family so I can eat. Doesn’t look like she needs the money. #ThisMorning #chargemyfamily
— mrclaretandblue1981 (@claretandblue31) November 28, 2018
But the mum-of-three was also backed by lots of other viewers.
Im with Hayley on this. Why not charge if you have a big family and want to have Christmas together. It all costs money. #ThisMorning
— Hannah Bridger (@HannahTBridger) November 28, 2018
#thismorning Christmas is expensive. Why should it fall on one person to fit the whole bill? Everyone chipping in for food and drink is perfectly acceptable. We are buying the drinks this year for our family Christmas whilst the MIL does the food. Best way.
— Katie (@Kyttenkat102) November 28, 2018
@thismorning we always split the cost of Christmas dinner! It costs far too much for one person. I love cooking the Christmas dinner but couldn’t afford it if everyone didn’t share the expense. #thismorning
— Kimberley Davie (@davie_kimberley) November 28, 2018
— ☕️🇬🇧🍂 (@Brogan__xXx) November 28, 2018
* This Morning is on ITV weekdays at 10.30am.
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