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MARMALADE TRUST

Our history.

It all started with a tea party...

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.

Amy volunteered running tea parties, and in 2013, three of the older people attending told Amy they were going to be spending Christmas Day alone. She attempted to find them somewhere to go and became aware of the great shortage of Christmas Day events running in Bristol, so decided to take them out herself.

Word soon spread... 

 

Amy started getting approached by GP’s, health professionals and even a local bank clerk, all asking if there was a space for someone they knew who was going to be alone at Christmas.

So three soon became 18!

A doormat piled high with thank you cards... 

After a lovely Christmas Day event, the thank you cards began to flood in… with words such as, “this was the first time in 16 years I was not alone on Christmas Day.” Amy realised the importance of what had been achieved and Marmalade Trust was born.

The more you ask, the more you get... 

 

In 2014, we recruited more volunteers; fundraised a bit harder and found even more people due to be on their own.  With the amazing support of our volunteers, we were able to take out 40 people on Christmas Day.

Bigger and bigger... 

 

In 2015, we decided it was time to expand further into our community, and held a Christmas Day lunch in three locations across the city.  With the support of volunteers in each local area we gave companionship to 60 people.

Spreading the word...

 

In 2017, Marmalade Trust pioneered the first-ever Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) campaign. We wanted to do our bit to help reduce the stigma of loneliness and to empower everyone talk more openly about it. We initiated the ‘#LetsTalkLoneliness’ movement which has since been adopted by the government.

Spreading the Christmas cheer... 

 

In 2019, around 200 volunteers helped us take 150 people who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day alone out for festive lunch full of joy and companionship. We had 10 venues across the region, and everyone went home with a hamper full of gifts and a handmade card. 

Our biggest yet...

 

Loneliness Awareness Week continues to gain recognition, and in 2020, we ran a virtual campaign which reached 271.5 million people! Over 20,000 organisations, companies and individuals got involved - we even had a tweet from the Royal Family! Conversations took place every 2 seconds on the first day using our hashtag. Royal Mail printed a Loneliness Awareness Week postmark on all mail during the week. 

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