Thank you to everyone who has helped us support older people this Christmas.
Our 'No one should have no one at Christmas' appeal has been one of our most successful. We received generous donations from people across Northern Ireland, via our website donation page and cheques via the postal service. Some older people even donated their winter fuel allowance, to help us support some of the more vulnerable older people.
Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for many older people in Northern ireland. One in three older feel lonely and around 100,000 say TV is their main form of company. Our No one should have no one appeal will continue to the end of January.
On Christmas day, the Chair of Age NI, Eileen Mullan, was joined by Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in Rosemary Presbyterian Church Hall, North Belfast for Mona’s Christmas Dinner, an annual event that has been supporting lonely older people in the local area for a number of years.
Just before Christmas, Mona spoke on BBC NI’s The Nolan Show with a heartfelt plea for volunteers to transport around 80 older people to and from the venue. Mona also needed help to deliver a parcel of goodies to the homes of those who were unable to attend the dinner.
We say a big thank you to our volunteers for giving up their time on the 25th to help out and to put a smile on their face this Christmas.
Thanks to the local businesses and colleges that donated festive hampers this year which were delivered to older people supported by Age NI services and projects.
Our Communications Manager, Roisin Kerr, dropped by Belfast-based software company Automated Intelligence (AI) to pick up hampers from Pauline Timoney which included luxury items like dressing gowns and slippers.
Naomi Ferris and Emma Hinfey, from our First Connect team, also delivered Christmas food hampers, kindly donated by Health and Social Care students from South Eastern Regional College in Newtownards.
For the third year, Amazing Brains, a social enterprise company that supports young people in education, presented Age NI with several large boxes of food, including tinned goods, cereals, and other tasty delights, for older people in need this Christmas.
How you can help
If you would like to help us provide companionship, advice and support for older people facing later life alone please consider making a donation or volunteering with us.