ALONE’s Christmas Dinner Dance shares festive warmth for older people in need

An older person with their befriender, spreading the Christmas joy and enjoying ALONE'S Christmas Dinner Dance 2015.
An older person with their befriender, spreading the Christmas joy and enjoying ALONE’S Christmas Dinner Dance 2015.

On Sunday November the 29th, ALONE staff, volunteers and service users braved the roaring winds of Storm Clodagh and celebrated the warm occassion of ALONE’s annual Christmas dinner dance. The setting of the Red Cow Moran Hotel provided a great backdrop for almost 200 attendees who enjoyed a festive meal and entertainment.

Musical entertainment consisted of ALONE supporter Lisa Lambe alongside Simon Morgan, the Dublin Gospel Choir and the one and only Adam’s Dream. Dancing and prizes ensured that each older person in attendance had a thoroughly enjoyable time. ALONE would like to thank all those who supported our efforts, from volunteers aiding transportation to Nandos in Dundrum for wrapping a large selection of raffle prizes and Christmas gifts.

This Christmas ALONE wish to spread seasonal cheer by encouraging people to #shareyourpresence with older people who find this festive period a lonely and isolating experience.

ALONE’s Sean Moynihan and Jedward talk to Sean Moncrieff about our Christmas Campaign

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John and Edward Grimes, better known as Ireland’s favorite pop duo Jedward, today accompanied ALONE in launching their Christmas Campaign ‘Share your presence this Christmas’ in the Westin Hotel. The bubbly twins then joined ALONE’s CEO Sean Moynihan a chat with Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff. The charity’s new Christmas Ambassadors had a lot to say:

“At Christmas it’s really cold, so you have to check in with all the elderly people in your community. They might not have family or someone close to them checking in on them. A lot of older people suffer from loneliness, so it’s important to reach out to them. Going for a cup of tea could be make a major difference. You learn so much from older people.”

Listen to the podcast to hear what Jedward have to say about ALONE’s services for older people in need here.

This Christmas ALONE want to encourage people to share their presence with an older person instead of traditional gift giving. Here at ALONE we believe everyone should be included in celebrating  the festivities this season. Share your time with an older relative, neighbour or friend  to spread some needed Christmas cheer.