February is a month dedicated to love, but we often forget to think of those people who have lost those they hold most dear. Nanny Kim often comments on the loneliness she feel since my Dad died, and with 59% of people aged 52 or over feeling the same, she is certainly not alone.
Fairfield Care are on a mission to change this, and we were lucky enough to have been chosen to take part in tackling the issue of loneliness. Their plan is to raise awareness of loneliness in the older generation, and encourage people to #ShareTheLove.
Nanny Kim and our children are very close, and they couldn’t wait to show her how much they loved her.
So, one rainy Monday (not long after Valentine’s Day), we all bundled into Warren’s van in search of tea, cakes and laughter. We are all pretty indecisive (apart from Warren!), but once we’d made up our minds it was time to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company.
The kids spent time munching on their cake, climbing over us and giggling. The adults drank back their tea and marvelled at how much each child had grown.
There was even a moment caught on camera of Molly nad her milk moustache!
Being together reminded me of when we all used to live together and go for monthly or sometimes weekly breakfast, to chat, discuss whose turn it was to put out the rubbish and just generally ‘be’ together. I kept wondering, ‘Why don’t we do this anymore?’
It also reminded me of how hard it is to get a decent photo with the kiddies…
So there we were, three generations together, proving that if you make time to #ShareTheLove loneliness can be beaten.
If you think about all the people in your life, the ones living with loneliness, how much would it mean to them if you invited them out for tea? Or popped round with a slice (or two, or three, or even four…) of cake? A quick chat, a friendly face, a simple cup of tea… Each of these things can combat those feelings of loneliness, and in turn you can change their lives. WE can change their lives.
So, #ShareTheLove today, and make the world a less lonely place to be.
Disclosure: I received £20 to take my family out for tea and cake in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.