Banbury care home offers Christmas day lunch for the lonely

A care home in Banbury is inviting older people in the community to join in their Christmas Day celebrations as part of a campaign to reduce loneliness.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 3:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 4:18 pm
Elder people will have a place to go this Christmas
Elder people will have a place to go this Christmas

Staff and residents at Anchor’s The Ridings in Calder Close have organised a day of Christmas cheer for older people living alone in the town.

They now hope older people will get in touch so they can enjoy the festivities at the care home. The home is also working with older people’s charity Re-engage whose volunteers will be

bringing the over 75s living alone in the area to the Christmas Day celebration.

Karen Kyme, manager of The Ridings, said “Christmas Day is traditionally a time when families and friends get together for a laugh and a chat over a delicious meal.

“Christmas can be an incredibly lonely time if you live on your own so we wanted to extend the warmth and companionship of our lovely home to anyone facing the day alone.

“We go all out at Christmas for our residents, because some of them don’t have anyone else and we are seen as their family so we’re happy to invite some people in to join us for Christmas Day.”

The guests will join everyone at The Ridings for Christmas day lunch, and take part in the festive activities, including games and sing-alongs, all free of charge.

f you or someone you know would like to join The Ridings residents on Christmas Day, call Manager Karen Kyme on 0800 085 4158.

Places are limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.