Preston woman sets out to save elderley from a joyless Christmas

Lynette Williams, pictured with Hazel Sutton, has launched a campaign to give presents to elderly residents who aren't expecting visitors or gifts this Christmas, at Penwortham Grange and Lodge residential care home

Lynette Williams, pictured with Hazel Sutton, has launched a campaign to give presents to elderly residents who aren't expecting visitors or gifts this Christmas, at Penwortham Grange and Lodge residential care home

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A caring Preston woman is heading up an inspirational campaign to reduce loneliness and isolation among elderly people this Christmas.

Lynette Williams has been engaging members of the community to think about those who are not expecting any visitors this winter.

“These people have given so much for all of their lives, and I just think we should give something back.”

Lynette Williams

Inspired by her uncle, Parry Richardson, who dedicated his spare time to supporting charities and Preston Parish Church before he sadly died last year, Lynette has launched ‘Parry’s Presents’ to offer people a friendly face and a gift this festive season.

She says: “I just think it’s awful that some elderly people won’t be getting any visitors this Christmas.

“My uncle had a few visitors and even he felt lonely at times.

“These people have given so much for all of their lives, and I just think it’s really depressing and that we should give something back.”

Mum-of-one and nanny-of-one Lynette, 39, has focussed her efforts on helping residents of Penwortham Grange and Lodge residential care home in Martinsfield Road, where her Uncle Parry lived.

Her colleagues from Preston-based Independent Inspections have donated gifts and food, and have volunteered their time for Lynette’s cause.

“I admired my Uncle Parry for the work he did within his community, and I wanted to do something that would honour his considerate and charitable nature,” Lynette added.

“I also wanted to thank Penwortham Grange and Lodge for the care he received.

“I thought my idea would help enhance the positive atmosphere within the home over Christmas.”

Each gift has been wrapped and named for a specific resident within the home who has no planned visitors over the next few weeks.

Tracey Tomlinson, head of customer experience at Orchard Care Homes, which runs Penwortham Grange and Lodge, says: “What an inspiration Lynette is; we are incredibly thankful for her time, effort and care to enhance the lives of those residents within our homes.

“Whilst we have many activities and events taking place in our homes over Christmas, it can be a time when people feel the most isolated and lonely, and we are sure that the work Lynette is doing will help to bring a new level of cheer to the home.”

- See the Evening Post’s focus on loneliness at Christmas, with Age UK, here