Bringing joy and companionship to people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.
Christmas time usually conjures up joyful images of family and friends celebrating, exchanging gifts, excited chatter and delicious food. For some people, however, it can be a dreaded, sad and lonely time. Marmalade Trust understands how difficult Christmas can be for someone who is struggling with loneliness.
We don’t want anyone to spend Christmas Day alone if they don’t want to, so we invite them to join us for a free festive lunch on the big day, or a doorstep visit. Members are those who feel particularly lonely and isolated this year, for example, a person of an older age who may have no family or friends around.
Everyone who joins us is made to feel part of our Marmalade family and is supported by our network of friendly volunteers. We currently hold our lunches in pubs or restaurants throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the North Somerset region. Each member also receives a connection doorstep visit in November and a Christmas gift.
"It means everything to know someone cares. Without Marmalade Trust, I wouldn't have spoken to or seen anyone over Christmas. I'm so grateful."
We are proud to have brought joy and companionship to 200 of the most isolated and lonely people in our region! Pre-Christmas visits were made, and 126 older people enjoyed Christmas Cheer events at restaurants across Bristol on Christmas Day. For those who couldn't join us, 77 doorstep visits were made. Everyone received hampers full of gifts and handmade cards, and over 600+ phone calls from volunteers were made over the season. We are incredibly proud to have had the support of over 160 kind volunteers.
"My huge thank you for such a wonderful day. It was truly marvellous, everyone was so friendly and kind. I have not known anything like it before. If you are doing anything in the future I would love to be involved. What a wonderful organisation"
Keen to join us for Christmas 2023?
In the months leading up to Christmas, we send a shout-out for volunteers to help and referrals for people who would like to be supported. If you'd like to be involved or you're keen to learn more, sign up to receive our quarterly emails below. We'd love to have you join our Marmalade family!