Where will you be on Christmas Day? With less than 2 months to go most people probably haven’t given Christmas more than a passing thought. However, for those who are likely to be spending Christmas alone the run up to the festive season can be filled with anxiety and dread.
Motivated by the fact that an estimated 230,000 older people spent Christmas alone last year, something highlighted by Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary in speech last week, Caroline Billington set up Community Christmas with the vision that ‘no elderly person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be’.
‘Being alone on Christmas Day is especially hard,’ Caroline explains. ‘The media constantly promotes Christmas as a time to spend with family and friends, a time for fun and merriment. So for those with family either far away or passed on, loneliness becomes especially intense. Additionally, lunch clubs and even the local café will be closed so there is nowhere to go.”
As we draw closer to the 25th December Community Christmas is asking individuals and businesses if they would be willing to make a donation to Community Christmas so that together we can all achieve the vision and look after members of our community who need our support. Not only will the individual donations make a significant difference to elderly people at Christmas they will also benefit from Gift Aid. A scheme which enables the basic tax rate to be reclaimed on donations made by UK tax payers. This means a donation of £10 is worth £12.50 to the cause.
Caroline continues: “We can all make Christmas a better time for those that would otherwise be alone. By adding a donation to Community Christmas to your Christmas shopping list you can make a difference to the elderly who, otherwise, might be alone.”
Those who wish to make a donation can do so by visiting:
To find out more about Community Christmas and how you could get help visit www.communitychristmas.org.uk