We believe that no one should be lonely at Christmas or at any other time throughout the year
This is why we are helping isolated older people aged 75 and over to find companionship at Christmas with our Community Christmas campaign - and are building friendships year-round at our monthly Sunday social groups.
Did you know?
250,000 people over 75 are not looking forward to Christmas because for them it's "just another day"
2.2 million people in the UK who are over 75 live alone
62,000 people over 75 often go a month without a conversation with family or friends
Put your best foot forward for the 250,000 over 75s who are not looking forward to Christmas this year. We know it’s the month of cold weather, Christmas parties and mulled wine but can you still challenge yourself to clock up 250,000 steps between 1st and 25th December?
Set up your fundraising page with GivePenny and link up your Strava, Fitbit or Runkeeper account to keep track of how many steps you’ve done and set yourself milestones.
Ask your friends and family to sponsor your challenge. They can make a one-off donation towards your challenge or pledge to donate a certain amount per step or milestone. GivePenny will automatically update your supporters on your progress.
P.S. Once you’ve raised your first £30 we will send you a Re-engage t-shirt!
Stay connected online with #CommunityChristmas and #StepUpToEndLoneliness
It’s hard to imagine what it feels like to go a month without having a conversation with friends or family – especially in the month of Christmas excitement and festivities. But this is the reality for 62,000 people over 75.
Could you challenge yourself to a 62,000 second silence this December? That’s about 17 hours, so your average waking day.
Sound like a huge sacrifice? Not sure you can zip it for that long? How about giving up your phone for a day instead?
Whichever challenge you choose, the money you raise will make a huge difference in changing this reality for some of the oldest people in our communities.
Set up a fundraising page with JustGiving and get your friends and family to sponsor your challenge with a donation.
Stay connected online with #CommunityChristmas and #17HourSilence
Our amazing supporter Emma Munn has created a bespoke Christmas knitting pattern for Re-engage. For just £5, we'll send you the Christmas jumper and bobble hats patterns, so that you can knit a Christmas tree decoration that really makes a difference.
Whether you hang it on your own tree or gift it to a friend you can be sure that your Christmas decoration has helped fight loneliness amongst some of the oldest, most isolated people in our communities.
Just £5 could help could allow us to give our invaluable volunteers essential training and support.
Take a photo of your Christmas knit and send it to us with one sentence about who you were knitting for, to be in with a chance of winning a Re-engage mug!
Stay connected online with #CommunityChristmas and #KnitToEndLoneliness
Here’s how the money you raise can help
could allow us to give our invaluable volunteers essential training and support
could help to bring friendship and laughter to an older person in need of company on Christmas Day
could enable us to introduce new activities, such as reading groups or walking cricket groups to complement our Sunday tea parties
could pay for an emergency fund for one group, to make sure the monthly event can still take place even if a volunteer is suddenly unable to attend
could support a social group in the community for one year
could enable us to set up a new group in an area of need
We're here to help
Our fundraising team are here to support you on your fundraising journey.
If you have any questions, need support or want more information contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7240 0630.