Honiton independent house offering isolated people a ‘family Christmas’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 December 2017

A traditional Chrismas dinner from the UK

A traditional Chrismas dinner from the UK

Paul-Briden

The move is part of Abbeyfield Society’s nationwide ‘Coping at Christmas’ campaign, which aims to bring companionship, laughter and warmth to those facing Christmas alone.

A Honiton independent living house is opening its doors this Christmas to those who find themselves alone during the festive season.

Stanhope House, in High Street, is putting the spotlight firmly on food, and inviting independent over-55s for a free Christmas meal.

The move is part of Abbeyfield Society’s nationwide ‘Coping at Christmas’ campaign, which aims to bring companionship, laughter and warmth to those facing Christmas alone.

The offer runs from until January 2.

Six spaces are currently available in Honiton, and those who sign up to the offer can attend as many times as they like, though a small charge may be incurred for repeated visits.

The attendees will be treated as part of the Abbeyfield family and enjoy a traditional Christmas Day, complete with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

They are also invited to take part in party games, watch the Queen’s speech and socialise with other residents.

Bev Faulkner, manager at Stanhope House, said: “We run this offer to avoid people feeling lonely and to invite the community into our warm and welcoming home.

“We have been running it for two years and both offers have been really well received. The people go home having had a family Christmas instead of spending time alone.

“It is really nice to see people come in and relax and enjoy the occasion – it looks like a big weight has been lifted off of their shoulders.

“We are proud to offer this service to the local community at such an important time of year.

“It is really important ring ahead to book their meal so we know how many people will be attending.

“We already have three or four people booked in for Christmas Day and two booked in Boxing Day, so please get in touch soon if you would like to come to Stanhope House for Christmas.”

The house is also offering free meals to isolated elderly people between today and January 2.

Call 01404 43322 for details.

To find out more about Coping at Christmas or an Abbeyfield Society event near you, call the Coping at Christmas hotline on 01727 734077.


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