According to Age Concern, a million people in Britain have not spoken to anyone for a month. That’s a very sad statistic.
A large number of elderly people dread the Christmas period because they see other people celebrating, while they face being alone over the festival. But everyone can help to brighten their lives, said the Revd Dr R Alun Evans, President of the Union of Welsh Independents.
“What about doing something to alleviate their loneliness this Christmas? Perhaps members in your church who cannot venture out now, a neighbour or distant relative. If we can’t invite them to Christmas dinner, why not give them a call and have a chat – just to show that we’re thinking of them?
“Do the little things, says Dewi Sant, almost 1,500 years ago. Doing a little thing like knocking on their door or picking up the phone might make a world of difference to someone who’s lonely this Christmas. I’m sure sharing a little kindness would be a blessing to us also. A very Merry Christmas to all. “