Home Instead Southport spread some Christmas cheer.

Anthea and Irene with Eunice and Bob at Fearnley Grange
Anthea and Irene with Eunice and Bob at Fearnley Grange

Following the success of this year's Be A Santa To A Senior gift appeal, Home Instead owners Anthea Pilkington and Irene Hough have set about delivering in excess of 100 Christmas presents to organisations in the Southport area.  Anthea commented, "The aim of the appeal was to raise awareness in the local community that there is a rising number of older people, many of whom will be on their own over the holiday period. Home Instead wanted to reach out to these people and let them know that others are thinking about them at this time of year.  We passionately believe that this appeal is not strictly about the gift the person will receive, it is truly the thought that counts"

Home Instead have worked with a number of local organisations, who nominated older people who they know.  Such as One Vision Housing, Riverside Housing, Sefton Pensioners advocacy Centre, The Alzheimer's Society and Leyland Road Methodist Church amongst others.  These organisations will be handing out the gifts in time for Christmas Day.

Irene commented," We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and local businesses, who have kindly donated such lovely gifts.  In particular we received a number of gifts from Damart on Chapel Street, Southport and the children at Meols Cop High School collected gifts.  We sincerely thank everyone who took the time and effort to get involved."

Anthea added, "I would like everyone to spare a thought for older people in their community who may be socially isolated due to poor health or mobility.  The gesture of just stopping to say hello could really make a difference to someone particularly during the Christmas period, when we are often so busy with our own preparations."

Home Instead in Southport would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Anthea and Irene with Dale at Westholme Court, Southport
Anthea and Irene with Dale at Westholme Court, Southport