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Festive Extravaganza will help lonely older people this Christmas

On Saturday (16 November) the team at local, independent charity Age UK Horsham District will be holding their annual Christmas Extravaganza with a special appearance from Santa, a demonstration from the children at local dance group Kick’s and performances by local choirs The Pleasure Singers and Horsham Community Choir.

There will also be lots of stalls selling unique items, Christmas cards and perfect Christmas gifts, including; handmade jewellery, bags, candles, novelty soaps, decorations and so much more! Proceeds raised through refreshments, the raffle, tombolas and other games and activities will all go to Age UK Horsham District, who work for and with older people across the Horsham district.

Simon Dowe, Interim CEO for the Charity, said: “We’re looking forward to another fantastic, fun-filled Christmas Extravaganza!  We hope lots of people will come along to start their Christmas shopping, enjoy the wonderful entertainment we have lined up and help raise money that will help us to support local older people, perhaps who don’t have family or friends nearby and are feeling very lonely or isolated, especially at this time of year.”

The team at Age UK Horsham District provide many services to ensure older people are getting the help they need. Their Home Visiting and Information and Advice services are both vital in helping older people to remain independent and improve well-being. Many of their services are completely free and money raised at the Christmas Extravaganza will help them to continue in the future.

Simon continued: “It’s staggering that in England, 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible. Many older people regularly go for weeks at a time without seeing or speaking to family or friends and loneliness can have a serious effect on physical and mental health.

“At Age UK Horsham District, we believe no one should have no one; Not at Christmas; Not ever. We want to ensure that help is available all year round for older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness, illness or poverty, and we are working hard to provide support to those who need us by offering services such as Home Visiting.”

This vital service offers a lifeline to chronically lonely older people in Horsham District, by providing companionship and support.

If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know or how you could help the charity, please contact them on 01403 260560, email info@ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk or visit www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk

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