Christmas spent spreading cheer to MK’s elderly

MK Christmas Party volunteers
MK Christmas Party volunteers

Volunteers gave up their Christmas to throw a party for lonely pensioners.

More than 120 elderly guests were treated to a day of sing-alongs, entertainment and a traditional Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 25.

The idea first began in 1979 when a Christmas party was held by the mayor at Wilton Hall for 25 elderly guests.

Ruth Seabrook, chairman of Milton Keynes Christmas Day Party for the Elderly, said: “Many elderly people are alone because their families are no longer nearby or their spouses have passed away.

“On Christmas day we try to alleviate their pain of loneliness by giving them a gift of companionship and smiles in a friendly and festive environment.”

More than 80 volunteers are needed to help pick up pensioners and drive them to their building in Shenley Wood.

Ruth added: “Our volunteers are critical, but if you can’t make it funding is always welcome - especially during these difficult economic times.”

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