Woman’s bid to end loneliness

Campaigner Judith Merry and volunteers at a  games afternoon event held at Thame Town Hall to help combat loneliness and isolation among old people
Campaigner Judith Merry and volunteers at a games afternoon event held at Thame Town Hall to help combat loneliness and isolation among old people
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PEOPLE of all ages attended a games afternoon last week, organised in a bid to combat loneliness.

Judith Merry, 23, from Thame, set up the event to link up with a national campaign by Age UK which aims to resolve the issue of loneliness and to bridge the gap between the young and old.

“Lots of people came along, to play games and have a chat,” she said.

“We had around 30 people there of all ages – from the elderly to young children and their parents.

“We had board games, a Nintendo Wii, and there was free tea, coffee and cake for everyone.

“Part of the aim of the day was to gather research about loneliness by talking to people.

“It’s important to find out what works for them, what doesn’t and what advice people would give to others – given it’s such a personal subject.

“Some people are quite comfortable by themselves, but others need the confidence just to go out an meet others.”

Visit www.campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk