A care home in Lowestoft is calling for a 'special guest' to join them for Christmas dinner in a bid to fight loneliness.

Harleston House Care Home in Lowestoft is reserving a seat at its dinner on December 25 for a local person who is feeling lonely or at risk of isolation during the festive season and winter months.

The home on Park Road is reaching out to older neighbours and asking locals to suggest people who may want to join as a special guest for its Christmas dinner.

The special guest will receive the ‘VIP’ treatment, with a freshly made festive meal and transport arranged to pick them up and return home.

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Where applicable, a family carer will also be invited to join, allowing both guests to thoroughly enjoy the day together surrounded by new friends and free of the worries and labour involved in prepping a festive meal or washing the dishes.

Home manager Susan Graham Homes said: “This is a great way to help out someone in our community that will be alone at Christmas.

"We are delighted in making this potential lonely time into something special this year”.

The initiative is part of a new England-wide campaign by the home’s not-for-profit operator Greensleeves Care.

Warmth of Care (#WarmthOfCare) aims to highlight the valuable contributions of communities of care such as care homes, particularly in the winter, and to offer support to more families exploring care during the cold season.

Visit hwww.greensleeves.org.uk/n/care-homes/harleston-house-lowestoft/ or call 01502 574889.