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AN MP is backing a scheme to help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas.

Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage is supporting Waitrose in Gosport, which is offering help to community groups running Christmas lunches.

It comes as a survey commissioned by Age UK shows more than three-quarters of a million British people over the age of 65 often feel lonely.

The store’s help includes financial support and manpower to strengthen the efforts of groups organising Christmas lunches in the area.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I am delighted to hear that our local branch of Waitrose will be helping to tackle loneliness this Christmas. At the most sociable time of the year, it is saddening to think of people who are not surrounded by their family and friends.

‘The Christmas lunch initiative is an excellent way to address this problem and I hope that local organisations will take Waitrose up on their kind offer of support.’

The deadline for applications is November 15 – apply at the store.