Fareham care home opens its doors on Christmas Day to tackle loneliness

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A CARE home is opening its doors on Christmas Day to older people living alone in the community.

Fifteen people have been invited to Hamble Heights Care Home in Fareham for Christmas dinner so they don’t have to spend the day on their own.

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal with all the trimmings, carol singing, films, mulled wine and mince pies before watching the Queen’s speech.

This comes on the back of The News Christmas campaign, Don’t Let Them Be Lonely, which is encouraging people to donate gifts and time to bring light to the lives of hundreds of isolated elderly people across our communities

Home manager Michelle Newcombe said: ‘This time of year can be very hard for older people, especially if they have lost a loved one in recent years.

‘We thought it’d be a lovely idea to welcome people who would otherwise have to spend the day on their own to join us at Hamble Heights.

‘It should be a great day filled with delicious food, fun games and lots of laughter.’

The home, in Botley Road, has partnered with Community Action Fareham to ensure people in need get to hear about the dinner.

Jennie Romicheva, from Community Action Fareham, which supports voluntary and community groups, said: ‘It’s fantastic that the team is making this offer to the community. This will mean a lot to some of the older people in Fareham who face Christmas alone. I’m sure it will be a fun-filled day.’

The dinner has also been registered with communitychristmas.org.uk – a website that lists all Christmas dinners for older people being hosted across the UK.

A number of staff and volunteers have offered to collect the guests from their homes on December 25 so they don’t have to worry about transport arrangements.

Peter Curtis, the CEO of Chorus, the company which runs Hamble Heights, will also be there, with his wife, to join residents – and to help out in the kitchen.

He said: ‘Christmas is such a special time of year and no-one should have to spend it on their own. Loneliness is a major issue among older people and it’s something we should all tackle together.’