No one should have no one this Christmas. At least that is the message from Age UK and one which the Nottingham Elders’ Forum is taking seriously.

Christmas can be a lonely time for many people. With three million elderly people admitting to dreading this year’s festive season, it is groups like Nottingham Elders’ Forum which make the Christmas season more bearable for so many people living alone.

One of the Forum’s core priorities is to reduce the isolation felt by many older people.

A MILLION OLDER PEOPLE CAN GO A MONTH WITHOUT SPEAKING TO ANYBODY– aGE UK

Pat Thomas, from Sherwood, is a regular member of Nottingham Elders’ Forum and knows all too well the loneliness Christmas can bring.

 Elderly people can be lonely for a number of reasons, such as never marrying, being widowed, or having family live far away.

Age UK have teamed up with John Lewis for their Christmas advert this year. The advert, which tells the emotional story of an elderly man living a solitary life on the moon, has been raising awareness of how loneliness can affect older people during the festive season- along to AURORA’s cover of the Oasis classic “Half The World Away”.

The hashtag #ManOnTheMoon has been trending on Twitter since the campaign began at the start of November. People are being urged by Age UK to donate to their cause by texting MOON to 70755 to donate just £5, or by going on their website.