More than 130 pensioners enjoyed a free Christmas lunch last Friday thanks to Cheadle-based financial services group, Together.

The event was organised to give older people in the local community, that may be lonely during the holidays, a chance to celebrate, and was a resounding success.

Lunch was served up by the company’s senior management team, with board director Marc Goldberg personally greeting the guests who tucked into a full festive dinner of turkey with all the trimmings and traditional Christmas pudding. Entertainment included carols sung by the company’s award-winning choir.

Together worked with various local organisations to make the event possible, including Age UK Stockport, the Women’s Institute in Wilmslow and Stockport Homes.

Sheila Hewitt, president of the Dean Row Women’s Institute who brought a number of members to the lunch said:

“Together had thought of everything and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our W.I. has a lot of widows, some bereaved only recently, who were cheered by the event.”

Head of facilities at Together, Paula Borrell added: “It was a really special occasion and brought a genuine sense of Christmas cheer to the whole company.  Many older people dread the holidays as it can be a lonely time, and we wanted to do our part to make a difference and give them something to look forward to.”

Recent figures from the Royal Voluntary Service state that of the 4.8 million people aged over 75 in the UK, more than half a million will spend Christmas Day alone[i].

Together supports a variety of local and national charity initiatives and following the success of the lunch, the company hopes to make this an annual event to help combat loneliness at Christmas. Services assistant Sarah Niblock, who worked with the various local organisations, said the response had been overwhelmingly positive and heart-warming.