For over 40 years, Jacksons Lane has opened its doors on Christmas Day to older and disabled people who would otherwise spend the day alone. Every year, our guests share a hot meal together, enjoy live entertainment from local performers, and take a gift home with them at the end of the day.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1119318)
Research show that across the UK, more than half of all people aged 75 and over live alone and Christmas can feel particularly isolating. Therefore, we aim to give as many people as possible the chance to spend Christmas with others, particularly those who do not have friends or family to visit, or who are unable to travel in order to visit them. Covid-19 has exacerbated this isolation, and a potential second spike could see many older people shielding alone.
We will offer a unique event to reach hundreds of elderly people on Christmas Day, with circus, music and join-in sessions live streamed. Through Zoom we will create chat rooms whereby people, supported by volunteers, can talk to each other throughout the day, promoting a true sense of community. Each guest will be paired with a local volunteer that will spend Christmas Day with them – will bring a meal for two and will help them get online.
“It’s very painful to be alone on Christmas Day, so it’s nice to be with other people. I enjoy the day very much and I’m very grateful.”
"I like talking to the volunteers. It's a good place, music is nice and lovely gifts. Oh, and I get to see the ladies I used to live with in Tottenham!"
It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of the community effort and a privilege to talk to so many interesting people who I would not get to meet otherwise.
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