Companionship at Christmas comes to Durham


What is your least favourite thing about Christmas? For many of us it’s Brussels sprouts, corny Christmas songs and busy shops.

However, for nearly a million older people in the UK*, their least favourite thing about the festive period is feeling alone.

Now in its eighth year, Companionship at Christmas aims to alleviate loneliness in older people at Christmas by encouraging Abbeyfield homes across the country to open their doors throughout November to January and welcome people in for free events, activities and the chance to meet new friends.

Plenty of room at the Inn

When the staff at The Kingslodge Inn - part of The Inn Collection Group - heard about Companionship at Christmas they wanted to be a part of it. This year they are inviting 100 older people from Abbeyfield and Age UK Durham who live alone in the north east to a free Christmas lunch and party on Monday December 3.

Paul Brown, operations manager of The Inn Collection Group, said: “We were incredibly touched by the plight of older people whose lives are blighted by loneliness and felt it was our duty as an operator to step in to do something about this.

“We are very proud to be working together with Abbeyfield and Age UK Durham in the battle against social isolation – not just during the Christmas season, but for the rest of the year, too, and will be looking to roll out more inclusive events for isolated people across our estate of inns."

How can you help this Christmas?

The events, activities and meals offered during Companionship at Christmas can only be provided for free thanks to the goodwill of volunteers and the generosity of donations we receive from people like you.

If you would like to help give older people the best Christmas yet please volunteer or donate to our appeal.

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*Age UK, Dec 2017