Open doors this Christmas

Of all the times of the year not to be on your own, Christmas is right up there.  There are plenty of examples of people and organisations opening their doors (and hearts) to those living on their own – but nowhere near enough.

To help combat that, national charity Abbeyfield is launching a nationwide campaign, Companionship at Christmas – a home-from-home alternative for older people wishing to spend the festive period with others. They are inviting members of local communities with elderly neighbours living alone, family members in need of respite support and those who plan to spend the Christmas period alone to get in touch with Abbeyfield.

They are offering overnight stays and Christmas lunches throughout the festive season (24th December – 4th January) across Abbeyfield houses nationally – totally free of charge.

Locally, Ing Royd, on Broomfield Avenue, Halifax (near the hospital) will be one of the properties serving lunches on Christmas day. If you know of someone who might benefit, get in touch by calling 0845 052 3553. Or visit


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