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Christmas is the saddest day of the year as they are very alone. Many of their adult children now live out of London due to housing costs or availability.

Big Lottery makes a big difference to the big day


For many people Christmas Day is the big day of the year; feasting and festivities, families and fun but for many older people Christmas Day can be a time that heightens their feelings of isolation.

Community Christmas believes that no older person should be alone on Christmas Day and we are delighted to have received a Big Lottery grant. The money will enable us to offer increased support to communities and, specifically at this time of year, organisers across the country who are interested in hosting activities on Christmas Day that will start to build links within their community.

As Christmas approaches our phones will start ringing with enquiries from older people, concerned neighbours and distant relative. The lottery money will ensure we are able to answer significantly more calls than we did last year.

We want Christmas to be a time everyone can look forward too – whatever that might mean for them.

No elderly person in the UK should be on their own on Christmas Day unless they want to be

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