Beechfield Lodge care home in Salford has invited older people from the local community to have lunch with them in a bid to reduce loneliness.

Staff and residents at Anchor’s Beechfield Lodge in Eccles Old Road, Pendleton, are inviting older people, who would otherwise be on their own, to join them for a free lunch.

The catering team, who use fresh, seasonable ingredients for all its meals as part of the home’s health eating ethos, hope older people living alone will benefit from a hot meal particularly as the weather gets colder. 

Sharon Bollesty, Manager of Beechfield Lodge, which is rated Good by regulator the Care Quality Commission, said: “We’re delighted to be inviting older people from our local community to come and join us for lunch. 

“Research from the Campaign to End Loneliness shows that around 10% of the population aged over 65 feel lonely all or most of the time, with more than 800,000 older people being chronically lonely. 

“It is important as a charity that we are not only committed to happy living for our residents but we do the same for the local community by providing a hot nutritious meal to vulnerable older people.

“The lunch will give the older people the chance to have a chat over a meal and make new friends.”

Places are limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, so to book a place, contact 0800 0854180. 

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