Lakeside Owner Raj Regmi has again been spreading festive cheer with another special Christmas lunch for older residents of the Peterborough community.

Local members and volunteers of charity Re-engage were last week invited to our wonderful venue for a delicious three-course meal. Formerly known as Contact the Elderly, Re-engage is a charity that helps to tackle loneliness among older people. One Sunday a month, volunteers hold a tea party for members, providing food, drinks and transport. Lakeside has been hosting the Re-engage Christmas lunch since 2015.

Over 1.4 million older people in the UK suffer from loneliness and half a million of them say they go five or six days without seeing or speaking to anyone. More than 500,000 spend Christmas alone.

Lakeside owner Raj Regmi says: “Over the festive period, many of us are busy socialising; however, for lots of older people it can be very lonely. We love hosting Christmas dinner for the local Re-engage group and hope it helps to spread some festive cheer amongst vulnerable people in our community.”

The mouth-watering dinner included roast turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies. As well as plenty of nourishment, the meal provided the opportunity for the group to get together and socialise.

See the Christmas dinner menu at Lakeside.

Nyree Ambarchian is a volunteer who helps to run the local Re-engage group. She says: “For those who spend Christmas alone, the feeling of isolation can really intensify and many older people say that it’s the loneliest time of all.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Raj and Lakeside for hosting Christmas dinner, the staff are so welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. This is the fourth year in a row we’ve held this event at Lakeside so It’s becoming a bit of an annual fixture on our calendar and both the older people and volunteers really look forward to it.”

If you’re lonely and aged over 75 or you know someone who is, you can find your nearest Re-engage group by going to www.reengage.org.uk.

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