Santa Claus
Santa Claus

Home Instead Senior Care Durham are running their heart-warming Christmas initiative for the second year, following the success we had last year.

We want to ensure that elderly people in our community, who would not normally receive any gift at Christmas, get a small gift to open this year and so "Be a Santa to a Senior" is back

The way it works is simple – we ask local retailers to display a ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with gift tags which identify the name of a local person and the gift they would enjoy receiving.  Members of the public can then buy the named gift and leave it with the retailer for collection by Home Instead.

Trudi Jameson, owner of Home Instead in Durham said “I am already busy working with local charities and older citizens groups to identify people in our community who would benefit from this initiative and to deliver the gifts to those older people”

It is predicted that more than 450,000 older people will spend Christmas in complete isolation, without any family or friends visiting. The clients we support know that they will have regular companionship visits from their CAREGivers.

We hope that by running this initiative and with the right support we can make a real difference to the lives of many elderly people in our community, who would otherwise not have any gift to open Christmas morning.

What we need now are more local retailers and local charities to come forward and partner with us on this scheme. If there are any shop owners out there who would like to support this unique initiative, please feel free to contact me on 0191 374 4041.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home