Two Contact the Elderly guests from Yorkshire were invited to attend a Christmas tea party with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Doris, a guest from the Batley group, and Grace, a guest in the Wakefield 1 group, attended the festive tea party at Downing Street with a number of other older people from Yorkshire. The event was organised to thank The Yorkshire Post for its Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign which highlighted the issue of loneliness among older people in Yorkshire.
Alongside Contact the Elderly, other organisations represented were Royal Voluntary Service, the Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club and Friendship Lunches in Crayke, North Yorkshire.
86-year-old Doris was thrilled to meet David Cameron as well as the stars of Strictly Come Dancing who spent the afternoon dancing and mingling with guests.
The Prime Minister told the Yorkshire Post: ‘‘Christmas is a time that should be filled with joy and celebration – not loneliness and isolation. And yet there are too many people, often older people, who will spend this festive season alone.
“Whether it’s popping round for a chat, making a cup of tea, donating a gift, or just keeping in touch, you can’t underestimate what a big difference small, caring acts and companionship can make to someone who is on their own.”
Guests posed for a photo in front of the famous black door of Number 10 and were treated to a luxury Christmas meal while being serenaded by the London Welsh Choir.
Doris said: "Since I joined Contact the Elderly my life has changed completely. I have met so many lovely people I wouldn't have met before.
"Today has been amazing. It was lovely of David Cameron to invite us. He came round talking to all of us and was so caring."
Strictly Come Dancing stars such as Anton du Beke and Aljaz Skorjanec demonstrated their dancing skills while celebrity finalists Katie Derham and Kellie Bright chatted and danced with guests.
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