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York family to host Christmas event for those spending the day alone

Leonie

12:17pm 23rd November 2017

A family from York are hosting a special Christmas Day event to make sure no one spends the day alone.

Leonie Atherton and her family have organised 'Christmas Together' at Huntington Memorial Hall.

It's a dinner and party for a maximum of 50 people who would otherwise be spending Christmas on their own.

Age UK states that over 1 million older people are dreading Christmas, as that is the time of year that they feel the most lonely.

Loneliness at Christmas isn't only an issue for older people; in a world where social events are becoming fewer and community spirit isn't as strong as it once was, adults of all ages will find themselves spending Christmas alone or away from their families this year.

Leonie says:

My family and I plan to host dinner and a party for a maximum of 50 people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. It is a chance for people to be able to meet others in the area, socialise, get out of the house and enjoy Christmas. We plan to provide a Christmas Dinner, some drinks, music, good fun, and extend people's social circles, so that next year, they hopefully won't need to spend Christmas alone.

The event has already had the support of the Huntington and New Earswick Ward, Huntington Memorial Hall, and Toby Carvery - who will be providing the Christmas meats.

The day will start at 1pm, with Christmas Dinner being served at 3pm.

Leonie and her family are crowdfunding to provide an even more special day.

If you'd like to read more and donate, head to their JustGiving page.

If you have any queries, please email christmastogetheryork@gmail.com

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