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Christmas is a time for celebration, bringing families together and showing each other how much we care.  

For hundreds of people in Sheffield this Christmas will be just another day they will spend on their own. At South Yorkshire Housing Association we believe that no-one should feel like they are alone, especially at Christmas. 

That’s why on Christmas Day we’re holding two Christmas lunches for people aged 50 and over who live in Beauchief, Greenhill and Burngreave wards in the city, who are going to be on their own this Christmas. Thanks to the kind donations from people across the city the meal is free of charge. 

The event is being staffed by volunteers from South Yorkshire Housing Association who have pledged to give over 200 hours of their time to prepare and run the events. 

Gareth Parkin, Programme Lead for Age Better in Sheffield said: “The Christmas John Lewis advert has really caught people’s attention and put social isolation and loneliness in the spotlight. 

“We know from our research that Christmas Day is going to be a really lonely time for those who are isolated, so we wanted to do something special and give them a day to remember. 

“We’re calling on anyone reading this who will be alone at Christmas to get in touch with us. All you have to do is say you want to come, we’ll sort the rest. If you haven’t got your own transport don’t worry, we’ll get you here and make sure you get home safe. 

“There will be lots of friendly volunteers on the day to chat to and everyone will be in the same boat. It’s going to be a very special day and we can’t wait to give the best gift this Christmas – friendship.” 

If you or someone you know will be spending Christmas on their own get in touch with us by calling 0114 2702 536. 

You can also keep up-to-date with the festivities on the day by following @AgeBetterSheff on Twitter or liking Age Better in Sheffield on Facebook.

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