Help is out there for over-55s at Christmas

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FREE festive meals and accommodation are being offered to people aged over 55 by a housing and care charity this Christmas.

Abbeyfield said it is already receiving a flood of calls from troubled older people in this area who are dreading the thought of spending Christmas alone.

Now the Abbeyfield Society is offering lonely people aged over 55 who are living independently festive fun, Christmas meals, overnight stays and company in its fifth annual Coping at Christmas campaign.

Tamar House and Privett Farm House in Gosport, Jane Gillitt House and Fordham in Southsea, Abbeyway House in Drayton and Myfanwy House in Cosham are taking part.

Chief executive Natasha Singarayer said: ‘It’s incredibly sad that older people are already becoming distressed and worried about Christmas – a time that’s supposed to be about joy and happiness If you or a family member or friend are worried about, please call 01727 734 066 or email’