LONELINESS is a daily reality for thousands of older people across our communities.
We need your help with our Christmas campaign, Don’t Let Them Be Lonely, to put an end to it.
There are so many older people in Portsmouth and the south east who are completely isolated and won’t see many people over Christmas.Lianne Jones
Today we are asking our readers to help Age UK Portsmouth – a charity which supports the most vulnerable people, many of whom could go months without speaking to someone if it were not for the organisation.
On December 23, it is putting on a free Christmas dinner for people who may not have anyone else to spend the Christmas period with.
And staff at the Bradbury Centre in Kingston Road, would love to be able to give each of the 30 party-goers a special gift – which could be the only present they unwrap over the festive period.
Readers are being asked to donate suitable gifts for men and women over 70 which they can unwrap.
New toiletries, hats, scarves, blankets and even books are all welcome for people like Rose Brown, 87, from Landport, who knows only too well the sense of isolation from being alone.
Mrs Brown said: ‘I’m all on my own now apart from the carers.
‘I do get lonely but I’m glad I come here on Mondays and Wednesdays.’
Lianne Jones from Age UK Portsmouth, said: ‘There are so many older people in Portsmouth and the south east who are completely isolated and won’t see many people over Christmas.
‘That’s what Age UK Portsmouth is trying to avoid by involving as many people as we can, to make sure they’re not alone over Christmas. We do that by offering an array of services.
‘We’ve got the Christmas dinner which is to encourage those people who may be the most lonely in the city to come in and spend the day with us and make sure they have people to speak to and have fun with.’
Presents should be new and wrapped with a tag specifying if they are for a man or a woman and a brief description of what it is. Go to portsmouth.co.uk to see a video.