Festive Friends

by Heather Murray in Bristol, Bristol, England

Festive Friends
We did it
On 27th November 2017 we successfully raised £495 with 16 supporters in 48 days

Festive Friends provides an absolutely FREE hot Christmas meal for isolated older people, with accessible transport, gifts and entertainment

by Heather Murray in Bristol, Bristol, England

Christmas can be one of the most isolating times of the year.  Nearly 1m people feel lonelier at Christmas, according to a 2016 report by Age UK.

Our group of volunteers put on this annual event to provide a free, fun social event to bring people together, hopefully creating new friendship and let them know they are not truly alone.  We take care of every detail.  We will pick people up from their houses in accessible transport, provide a hot three course Christmas meal (catering for any dietary requirements), with friendly volunteers breaking the ice and helping tables get to know each other. We provide interesting speakers from local businesses and organisations, and then finish with some entertainment, before we drop them safely home again. 

We work with a diverse range of community organisations and elderly befriending groups such as Contact the Elderly and Age UK to access the more isolated people in our community - some people who have not been out of the house for a long time.  We work very sensitively during the booking process and at the event itself to ensure that people feel safe, comfortable and enjoy themselves as much as possible. 

The event costs £2600 to run.  We have so far raised £500 (from the Anchor Society) but we have a long way to go - we really need your help! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Sponsor a Starter! You'll pay for one person to have a starter as part of their Christmas meal.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Sponsor a Pud! You'll pay for one person to have a pudding as part of their Christmas meal.

£6 or more

£6 Reward

Sponsor a Dinner! You'll pay for one person to have a main course as part of their Christmas meal.

£16 or more

£16 Reward

By someone a Christmas Meal! One meal (starter, main, dessert) costs £16 for one of our lovely guests.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Deck the halls! £50 will help us buy the materials to decorate the community hall, transforming it into a beautiful winter wonderland!

£128 or more

£128 Reward

Sponsor a table of 8! Your kind donation will pay for a starter, main course and pudding for an entire table of 8 lovely guests.

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