Hampers made it a happier Christmas for isolated old folk

Thomas Burnip  receiving a hamper donated from Age UK  and Barbour as part of Age UK campaign No One Should Have No One.
Thomas Burnip receiving a hamper donated from Age UK and Barbour as part of Age UK campaign No One Should Have No One.

Isolated elderly people in South Tyneside were presented with hampers to bring festive cheer to those who may be alone this Christmas.

Age UK South Tyneside gave out about 100 hampers to elderly people living in the borough thanks to a generous donation from the Barbour Trust.

The charity has teamed up with the Gazette and South Tyneside council to run its No One Should Have No One campaign this Christmas to tackle lonliness by encouraging people to volunteer in its services which reach out to elderly people.

This Christmas the charity recieved a generous donation from South Tyneside clothing firm Barbour, who provided everything that went into the hampers.

The hampers which include practical essentials and Christmas treats including tea, coffee and chocolate, were delivered to residents who are considered to be vunlerable or isolated.

Victoria Dunn,campaign co-ordinator said: “We would like to give thanks to the Barbour Trust for their continued support in providing us with funding to deliver 100 hampers to local older people who may have been identified as being at risk of loneliness or social isolation, but may also have had a difficult year through ill-health or even loss of a loved one.

“Delivering a hamper is our way of letting older people who receive them know that we are thinking of them and here to support them in the future.”

Thomas Burnip, 89, from South Shields, was delighted to receive a hamper.

He said: “It was a lovely surprise to be given a hamper from Age UK South Tyneside. I’ve been on my own for nine month now since my wife sadly passed away and really appreciate the thought and support I’ve received.”