Friends in the Lake

Let's talk loneliness.

We are a charity dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness and helping people make new friendships. 

Our projects.

Loneliness Awareness Week

Our annual campaign reached 271 million people this year - all without leaving homes!

Christmas Cheer

events 

We host Christmas Day events full of joy and companionship for anyone on their own.

We all feel lonely sometimes. 

We want to encourage people to see loneliness as a blank canvas on which they can fill their lives with new friends and experiences – and we’re here to help.

Chronic loneliness is one of the biggest health concerns we face, and it’s on the rise. But, by building our understanding of loneliness, we can help ourselves and others to manage the feeling.

The blog.

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ABOUT US

Marmalade Trust was founded by Amy Perrin (a qualified Occupational Therapist) in 2013. Having worked as a health professional and volunteered for over 20 years, she was well aware of how tough social isolation and loneliness can be.

Every Christmas Day since 2013, Marmalade Trust has been running Christmas Cheer events, offering friendship and support and a festive meal to some of Bristol’s loneliest and most isolated residents.

How it all began......

Join the conversation.

On the first day of our 2020 Loneliness Awareness Week campaign, conversations about loneliness were happening every 2.6 seconds we saw almost 20,000 charities, organisations, companies and individuals get involved online. 

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AS FEATURED IN 

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What our members say...

“I don’t have anyone around, so without Marmalade, I’d be spending Christmas Day alone. Last year, I met so many wonderful people, I was smiling for days afterwards. It cheers me up just thinking of it!” 

- EDDY, CHRISTMAS DAY GUEST

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MARMALADE TRUST IS A REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 1174217 AND A COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE NO: 10879370