Santa might be jolly and busy on Christmas Eve – but for those who aren’t, a charity is helping out, writes Toby Porter.
And Age UK Lambeth is asking for support in making Christmas special for the thousands of people it supports annually.
The festive season can heighten feelings of isolation, so the charity will be opening on Christmas Day to serve dinner to 40 people who would otherwise be on their own – and deliver another 40 meals to those who can’t or don’t want to come out.
It also runs events between Christmas and New Year, which can be an isolating time for those without friends and family nearby.
Jacquie has attended the Age UK Lambeth Christmas lunch for the past three years.
She said: “Mum used to love Christmas and I used to love cooking, but after she died I used to spend it on my own and usually had cheese on toast, but now I actually look forward to Christmas again.
“I get to speak to other people, some people that I go to Tai Chi with go, and the volunteers are amazing.
Last year, one of them gave me a home-made lavender bag and I still have it hanging on my door. I’m really looking forward to this year’s dinner already.”
Make a donation online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/LambethChristmas2019 or text ‘LAMBETHXMAS’ to 70085 to donate £14. This costs £14 plus a standard rate message.
Or give any whole amount up to £20 e.g. LAMBETHXMAS 5. To make a donation by cheque or cash call 020 7346 6800 to arrange this.
If you would like to volunteer on Christmas Day, or at any other time of year, visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/activities-and-events/christmas/