Christmas lunch is cancelled – but it’s the human touch that we older people crave

Covid restrictions kiboshed our annual crumbly shindig. But do politicians realise the cost of lost connection?

“Do they have any idea of just how much disruption they’ve caused?”

Jenny’s comment echoed the feelings of our small voluntary group at the Zoom meeting to discuss the Christmas Day lunch, which we have been organising for many years. We had reluctantly concluded that in the present circumstances we had no option but to cancel (even before last weekend’s announcement), with the result that 60 lonely old people, some in their 90s, and 40 volunteers, themselves on their own, would be deprived of a festive treat, which had always been important but this year carried unusual weight.

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