According to Age UK 1.2 million older people last year spent Christmas alone. For many of them this was a reminder of just how lonely they truly are.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time of the year that gathers families and friend’s around the table. The time of the year for giving and loving. Unfortunately for many older people it’s ‘Just Another Day’.
Age UK is the largest UK charity working with older people. This year they’ve released a moving Christmas advert raising awareness of lonely older people during the festive period. The advert shows us the story John. John is a widower living in solitary existence through the year. The only time he get’s to interact with people is when he’s at his local supermarket.
During the festive period he sees his neighbours celebrating the holidays with their families unlike him. He even takes a trip to his supermarket on a Christmas Day to find it shut.
(Found on their website https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/no-one/)
‘No one should have no one’ is a campaign part of the charity. They are urging people to support and donate so that older people in John’s situation get vital services and support.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, says:
“For many lonely older people the festive season also brings back memories of happier times in years gone by, reminding them of partners and other close relatives and friends who are no longer around and who they sorely miss.”
‘No one should have no one’
For more information, how to get involved and donate click here https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/no-one/ .