Nearly 150 elderly people gathered at Alnwick Garden today as part of the garden's Elderberries Project which aims to help those who feel isolated as they get older.
At the Elderberries' Christmas Party, presents were given to those in attendance by local schoolchildren, and pupils from the Holley Park Academy performed carols as the gifts were distributed.
Today also marked the continuation of the scheme for a further three years thanks to a donation from the Stuart Halbert Foundation.
"The foundation has always been very impressed by the Elderberries' down to earth, pragmatic, and above all compassionate services which combat social isolation of elderly residents in rural Northumberland."
- Gary Lydiate, Chairman of the Stuart Halbert Foundation
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