A care home in inviting elderly people facing Christmas alone to join them for a festive meal.

Harts House Bupa Care Home in Harts Grove, Woodford, has partnered with Community Christmas, a charity helping lonely pensioners, to reach out to people in the east London and Essex areas.

Manager of the home, Vikki Richardson, said: “We know loneliness is a growing issue for elderly people - at Christmas and all year round.

“It’s great that we are in a position to support Community Christmas by opening our doors on Christmas Day to offer our elderly community somewhere they can enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner and some festive fun in the company of others.

“I know our residents are looking forward to welcoming some new faces to the table on Christmas Day.”

Anyone who wishes to join the residents and staff at the care home for celebrations on Christmas Day should call 0808 115 4520.