Noone should have noone this Christmas

From left; Emma Templeton with customer Mr Patrick Smyth and pharmacist Kerry Ross from The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus supporting Age NIs No one should have no one at Christmas appeal, which encourages people to look out for older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are not feeling lonely, particularly during the colder, darker winter days.
From left; Emma Templeton with customer Mr Patrick Smyth and pharmacist Kerry Ross from The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus supporting Age NIs No one should have no one at Christmas appeal, which encourages people to look out for older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are not feeling lonely, particularly during the colder, darker winter days.

Thousands of older people in Northern Ireland are facing the ups and downs of life almost entirely alone. Loneliness is one of the biggest issues facing older people in Northern Ireland today with 1 in 3 older people saying that they feel lonely.

That’s why The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus is supporting Age NI’s No one should have no one at Christmas appeal.

Jonathan Lloyd, Pharmacy Owner, commented, “Having someone to turn to, at any age, is important to us all. We see the impact of loneliness on older people all too often in our pharmacy.

“It can pose a risk to both physical and mental health and well-being. That’s why we are supporting Age NI’s No one should have no one at Christmas appeal. We are encouraging people to look out for older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are not feeling lonely, particularly during the colder, darker winter days.

“When you visit our pharmacy, you can get involved in the appeal in lots of ways.

“Make a donation to the charity’s collection box, or pick up a packet of Age NI Reindeer Food to sprinkle on the lawn for Santa’s helpers for just £1 and you will be helping the charity to support older people facing Christmas alone.

“You can also find details of the Age NI Advice Service which helps more than 10,500 older people every year. Pick up an Age NI Advice Card at our counter and pass it on to someone you think may need the charity’s help.”

For more information you can visit www.ageni.org/noone for more information about the Age NI appeal.