I took a trip down to Bournemouth town centre. I wanted to hear from the public where they’d be spending Christmas. In a previous post I spoke about elderly people spending Christmas alone.
I also wrote about charities both nationwide and local are helping to reduce this.
I simply targeted older people and asked them where and who they’d be spending Christmas with.
Mary, 62 from Poole : “This year I will be spending Christmas alone. However I will be going to the church service with a neighbour. Mary is a widower, last year her daughter and her family came to visit Christmas Day. However this year they’ll be spending it with her partner’s family. Mary went on to explain “this year I knew I would be lonely, so I asked my neighbour her plans and decided to attend mass together”.
George 70 from Bournemouth : George spoke about how his family come to visit him for Christmas ever year so he’s not lonely. Furthermore he continued “not all my friends are as fortunate as me, some are widowers with no family and spend it alone”
John 71 from Poole: “Christmas is the time for spending with family, however I haven’t got any and at times like that, reality hits me hard that I truly am alone. I still make the effort Christmas day and spend it with my dogs, their family to me”.
reality hits me hard that I truly am alone
Talking to these individuals shows us many older people do need support and services to ensure they aren’t alone this Christmas