Help lonely at Christmas

Christmas; it is a time for togetherness, festivity and fun; a time to spend with friends and family and a time to eat, drink and be merry.

Thursday, 1st December 2016, 8:12 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:45 am

Sadly, for many older people, the reality is a little different with a large number of over 55s saying that loneliness and social isolation is one of their most prominent worries across the festive period.

That’s why my charity, The Abbeyfield Society, started Companionship at Christmas; our annual drive to both highlight and alleviate this issue by encouraging our houses and homes in Sunderland to offer free festive activities, hot meals and friendship.

So if you, or a friend or relative, may be alone this Christmas we would be absolutely delighted to welcome you in across the advent period to spend time with residents, meet the staff and get involved in the events and activities taking place.

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Natasha Singarayer,

The Abbeyfield Society.