OAPs to celebrate Christmas together

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Christmas tree. Pic © JMU Journalism

Christmas tree. Pic © JMU Journalism

A campaign offering lonely Liverpool pensioners friendship and company on Christmas Day will run again this year.

The ‘White Christmas’ campaign was created by independent councillor for Wavertree, Jake Morrison.

The success of last year’s event means it is running for a second year and will take place on Christmas Day at St. Georges Hall in the city centre.

The event will accommodate over 150 people and will offer the elderly the gift of company and a Christmas dinner.

The Royal Voluntary Society says that many pensioners spend the day alone including half a million people over the age of 75.

Morrison told JMU Journalism: “Being a councillor in Wavertree, I spoke to pensioners last year who told me they would be spending the day alone. I started to think about how these people spent time on their own and if they came together how much of a nice event it would be.”

Ambassadors for the event include Leon and June who appeared on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. The pair are originally from Allerton and told JMU Journalism: “We are delighted to be associated with White Christmas Liverpool as no one needs to spend Christmas Day alone this year.”

There has already been 80 volunteer requests for the event and over 50 pensioners already signed up to the dinner, which is open to anyone who will be facing Christmas alone.

About Josie O'Sullivan, JMU Journalism