Festive hampers delivered to older people in need of some Christmas spirit

Friday, 16 December 2016 Volunteer with Christmas hamperOlder people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service and the Asda Foundation are working together to spread some Christmas cheer to 3,000 older people in Britain who are particularly vulnerable and isolated around Christmas time.

Christmas hampers will be packed and delivered by Royal Voluntary Service volunteers to older people across Great Britain, who are already supported by the charity. Hampers will include mince pies, Christmas pudding, biscuits – all things to make Christmas just a little happier this year for older people who will most likely be spending the period alone.

Volunteer gives hamper to older lady

Christmas can be a particularly lonely time of the year for older people, with previous research by the charity suggesting that over 300,000 over 75 year olds will spend the day alone. Often older people aren’t reaching out for help because they feel ashamed or a burden - 10 per cent said they felt embarrassed about spending Christmas alone.

"For most of us Christmas is a time for celebration and to spend time with friends and family, but for older people spending Christmas alone this year, it can also be a painfully lonely time. Many older people are used to having long periods of time without company but it can be particularly difficult to spend Christmas alone, feeling as though everyone else is enjoying themselves. We are delighted to have the funding from the Asda Foundation to be able to deliver the hampers, and spread a little joy to the vulnerable older people we support."

David McCullough, Chief Executive for Royal Voluntary Service

"Christmas is such a special time of year for families to come together however for some older people they may be alone over the festive period, So we at the Asda Foundation are delighted to be supporting a visit and some treats to make this time of year extra special for our elderly residents in our local communities."

Julie Ward, Senior Manager at Asda Foundation

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Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering charities in Britain powered by more than 35,000 volunteers who regularly provide practical help to over 100,000 older people in their homes, communities and in hospitals.

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