A sad statistic in the UK today (and indeed all over the world) is that almost a million older people will be eating their Christmas dinner alone. When you think about it, that is a scary figure, and so sad. It breaks my heart to think about all the elderly people spending the whole of the Holiday season alone, with not even one visitor.
It really saddens me to think of anyone being alone and issolated at anytime of the year, nevermind at Christmas.
Help the aged are doing a 1 is the saddest number campaign to raise money to provide those on their own a Christmas lunch. http://www.saddestnumber.org.uk/
How things can still be like this in this day and age both saddens and angers me, and really makes we well up just thinking about it.
An elderly Friend of my Mam’s lives on her own after losing her husband a few years earlier, my Mam and Dad help her out all they can, and the other day we took her to the Crematorium as it was the anniversary of her husbands death. Her family had took her the day before, but she wanted to go on the day to see the book open, and was feeling quite down about not being able to go, so we took her through. We were going into Town afterwards and invited her to come with us. We went round a few shops, then on for a coffee and she really enjoyed herself, laughing at all my ‘Blond moments’ and just glad to be out of the house, as in her words she would be “Just sitting there feeling miserable and thinking” She kept on saying how we had made her day and that she had really enjoyed herself and that was really heart warming and made my day too.
So, if you have an elderly relatives or neighbours, spare a thought for them this Christmas, (it can be such a lonely time) and perhaps check if they are ok, it would really make their day to know someone is thinking of them.