Housing charity marks 60 years

December 05 2016

A CHARITY that runs a sheltered housing project in Hanham is marking its 60th anniversary with a campaign to help isolated older people in the community.

A CHARITY that runs a sheltered housing project in Hanham is marking its 60th anniversary with a campaign to help isolated older people in the community.

Abbeyfield, which operates Kift Lodge in Memorial Road, has launched Companionship at Christmas to support people living in the communities around its 500-plus houses and homes across the country.

The older people's charity is holding nationwide events where Abbeyfield houses will be offering festive food-focused events, from coffee mornings to mince pies and carols, as well as overnight stays for over-55s who would otherwise be waking up to an empty house on the morning of December 25.

Abbeyfield chief executive Natasha Singarayer said: “Our Companionship at Christmas campaign was born out of Abbeyfield’s desire to give as many older people as possible some golden moments to enjoy and remember. 

"It’s a sobering thought that an estimated 500,000 older people will be spending Christmas alone this year."

If you are living alone and want to find out more about Companionship at Christmas or are concerned about a neighbour, friend or family member who is isolated, contact Abbeyfield on 01727 734 167. 

Companionship at Christmas will offer company, free events, entertainment, overnight stays and great festive food to over-55s living alone across the UK throughout the festive period and beyond.