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Sing a Song to End Loneliness this Christmas

Sing a Song to End Loneliness this Christmas

Help the Aged is calling on church groups across the UK to get into the Christmas spirit by taking part in the Charity's Carol Appeal 2006. Running throughout November and December, the 26th Carol Appeal involves organising carol singing events to raise much-needed funds for Help the Aged to help older people facing loneliness this Christmas and year round.

Over three quarters of a million older people are lonely in this country, and these are the people that may spend Christmas Day completely alone. Help the Aged is looking for people to raise funds by arranging a carol singing event or collection either at their local church or in their community to support the Carol Appeal.

Diane Louise Jordan, Songs of Praise presenter and Help the Aged Carol Appeal 2006 supporter, said: 'By taking part in the Help the Aged Carol Appeal, you will be reaching out to lonely older people, showing them that there are people who really do care. It is a great way to get different generations together to celebrate the joy of Christmas. It doesn't matter if you can't sing, it just adds to the fun, laughter and festive spirit!'

Money raised from the Carol Appeal will go towards the Help the Aged Christmas Lunch Programme, which offers older people an opportunity to socialise and enjoy a good meal to celebrate the festive season. The Programme is an ideal way to relieve the isolation of older people across the UK during Christmas time. The money provided by the Charity will help older people's groups and projects with the financial cost of a meal such as food or extra transport so that all members of a group can take part.

June Jones, a Carol Appeal 2005 supporter who organised a concert in St Mary's Church in Wales, said: 'The Help the Aged Carol Appeal is such a special way for the community to come together and celebrate Christmas. I hate to think of older people being alone, and I love singing, so for me this was the perfect event. I could sing and make a difference!'

Organising a carol singing event at your local church or within the community is surprisingly easy to do. The Help the Aged Christmas Carol Fundraising Pack, which is sent to all participants, provides all the information and support needed, from handy hints and advice to information on the carols themselves.; Source: Help the Aged

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