Woking in the public, elderly, sector I come across those who are alone not just at Christmas but during the year. They love to talk and share their experiences, I can't contemplate how hard it must be to spend Christmas on your own with no family or friends.
If you are in Sheffield and free on the 13th December, please consider volunteering your time to help Sarah.
There are also limited spaces left for guests, so if you know of an elderly person who may be spending Christmas home alone who would like to attend please get in contact with Sarah,
Many elderly are alone at Christmas because their families are no longer in the community or spouses have passed away.
I am hosting a Christmas party for the elderly on 13/12/15 at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield to try and alleviate the pain of loneliness. Volunteers will give our elderly guests the gift of smiles, laughter and companionship whilst donations will give the volunteers the tools to provide this gift. I hope to host up to 100 elderly guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. I will also be fundraising for Age UK's most recent campaign 'No one should have no one' at the event. My aim is to turn this into an annual occasion that our elderly can look forward to and to provide a platform for elderly people to exchange contact details so that they have some-one to talk to all year round.
A Christmas sing-along
A wonderful pianist and classical singer
A male swing singer
A female vintage 1940's singer
A jazz dance performance
A tea dance performance
A Christmas buffet
A Christmas raffle
Tea, coffee, biscuits and a bottle of wine on each table to bring in the Christmas cheer
A Christmas gift for each elderly guest, presented by Santa himself.
Transport to and from the event
Businesses including Live Nation, Bawtry Forest, House of Fraser, Tesco, Morrisson's, Hillsborough Stadium, Haggler's Corner, Bloo 88 and Napoleons Casino have been very generous in donating raffle prizes, decorations, gifts and venue at a reduced rate. The local community have also come together to find 100 brilliant gifts for our elderly guests so that each and every one of them has something to open on Christmas day. However, with only 19 days until the event, there is still so much left to do. I urgently need volunteers and donations to ensure that this event can go ahead and to make sure that the event is as special as possible.
Donations will help to cover the cost of catering and transportation- without help from us, most of our elderly guests wouldn't be able to get to and from the venue, meaning that they'd be spending Christmas alone and missing out on a wonderful opportunity to make friends and enjoy some companionship.
To donate what you can, please go to: http://gogetfunding.com/a-christmas-party-for-the-elderly-in-sheffield/
There is also a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/Christmasforourelderly