St Edith's Court  care home in Leigh On Sea 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 St Edith's Court in Hillside Crescent 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. 

Jaqueline Plues, Manager of St Edith's Court, 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 0854153. 

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