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Loneliness, particularly at Christmas, is a serious issue just look at the statistics. According to a recent report,
- There are around 400 thousand people over the age of 65 in the UK who feel lonely all or most of the time
- Feeling lonely can be as damaging to life expectancy as smoking.
- 7% of people say they'll spend most of Christmas Day on their own.
That's one reason why a charity called The Food Chain is now offering friendship and support, as well as food.
Matthew Taylor went to see one 76-year-old lady in Dumfries, who can sometimes go for days without seeing anyone. Thankfully, that could be about to change.
To find out more information you can visit the Food Train website.
A Big Lottery Funded project in Dumfries is being praised for the work it's doing to help lonely people this Christmas.
The 'Food Train' has volunteers who deliver groceries and offer household support to people int he town.
Research has shown 400,000 people aged over 65 in the UK are worried about being lonely this Christmas. But project 'Food Train' is there to help over the festive period and throughout the year.
Over the last year the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland has awarded £8.4 million to 246 projects helping older people to feel less isolated and more independent in their own homes. The Food Train received £590,474 from our Supporting 21st Century Life fund.