VIRGIN breakfast host Chris Evans joined our rallying cry for people to come together and lend a hand to the lonely.
He called our Christmas Together campaign "fantastic" and urged listeners to his breakfast show to answer our call for volunteers to help the lonely and isolated this winter.
The DJ said: “The Sun has launched its ‘Christmas Together campaign’ and it is fantastic.
“This isn’t about cash, it is about energy and time and it is about being present and being aware of how we can help people.”
The Sun’s Christmas Together campaign
THIS Christmas we are teaming up with the Together Campaign, a coalition of community groups and organisations, and Royal Voluntary Service to combat loneliness.
And we want to recruit an army of volunteers to support those feeling cut off, anxious and isolated, this Christmas.
Could YOU reach out to someone who might be struggling and alone?
It might be someone you know in your own life or community who needs support.
Or we can connect you with someone in need through the NHS Volunteer responder programme run by the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app.
Could you give up half an hour to make a call and chat with someone feeling isolated? Or could you volunteer to deliver essential shopping or festive treats?
Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/christmastogether to sign up as a volunteer.
You will then receive an email taking you through the sign up process and be asked to download the responder app which will match you to those in need in your area.
Don’t worry if you don’t get a job straight away, because jobs are matched according to the need local to you. Being ready to help is what really matters.
'There is salvation out there'
This Christmas, we have teamed up with the Together Coalition, a coalition of community groups and organisations led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Royal Voluntary Service to urge readers to form an army of volunteers to make ‘check in and chat’ calls to those who might feel vulnerable and isolated, or help with errands, shopping and prescription drop-offs.
Chris, 54, said: “It is a December like none of us has experienced before and it has been an extraordinary year.
"But there is salvation out there. The Sun has teamed up with the Together Campaign and the Royal Voluntary Service to make sure no one is left out in the cold this Christmas.
“It is an amazing initiative, imagine how great would feel after making one of those calls.”
Our drive comes after a Sun poll showed a shocking 1 in 5 people who live alone will face Christmas alone this year.
And 60 per cent of people admitted they had felt more lonely during the pandemic.
Can you help?
Could YOU reach out to someone struggling and alone to help with shopping or prescriptions?
We can connect you with someone in need through the NHS Volunteer responder programme run by the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app.
Go to www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/christmastogether to sign up as a volunteer.
Need help? If you are someone who would like a friendly call or you need a helping hand with your shopping, just call 0808 196 3646 (8am-8pm, seven days a week).
We are urging people to sign up to the NHS Volunteer Responder Programme, run by the Royal Voluntary Service.
During the first lockdown the scheme recruited over half a million willing volunteers and matched them with people in need in their area.
But they are now looking for a new army of recruits to help those in need this winter.
How to donate
IF you would like to donate to support the work of the Royal Voluntary Service, text RVS5 to 70570 to donate £5, visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/christmasdonate, or call 0800 731 9197 – lines open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- RVS receives 100 per cent of your donation. Texts cost £5 plus one message at your standard network rate. Always get the bill payer’s permission. UK networks only. The RVS would like to contact the people who text by phone and SMS with campaign updates and new appeals. If you want to give, but don’t want these updates, type NO INFO after RVS5 when making your donation.
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