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To combat loneliness on Christmas Day, the Mann’s Got Munch team put on a free Christmas feast for those that would otherwise we spending it alone, along with Bingo and other activities!

Almost 1.5 million elderly people feel more lonely at Christmas than at any other time of year, this event was our way of trying to help bring that number down in our community.

In partnership with the Furzedown Project and The Woodlawns Centre, the Mann’s Got Munch team were proud to put on a free Christmas day event for 50 elderly people who would have otherwise been spending it alone.

In true Mann’s Got Munch style, we put on a Christmas feast, along with Bingo and other activities for our guests.

We raise over £3000 to set up the event and had over 25 volunteers across Christmas Eve/Christmas Day! We also had produce donated from local businesses and prizes from people within the community. We really did have amazing support across the board to get this off the ground.

About The Furzedown Project: The charity has been running for 47 years for people aged 50 and over from London Borough of Wandsworth to increase their sense of well-being and reduce social isolation. They run a lively programme of over twenty social, educational, recreational, and health-promoting activities at the centre. They also offer a Befriending service that gives chat and socialising through our outreach programme to people who find it very difficult to get out of their own homes.

About The Woodlawns Centre: An independently run older people’s day centre in the London Borough of Lambeth. The centre is also home to several charities. Their objective is to provide a richly diverse social experience for older people. They organise and run a large number of activities for their visitors including Exercise Classes, Arts & Crafts, Cultural celebrations, Day trips, Computer Classes and a Lunch Club. The Communities Hub provides information, advice and support to older people, refugees, faith groups and Windrush Project. They work tirelessly to ensure the highest standard of service for older people in our community.

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