Millions of us will be lonely this Christmas, but it shouldn’t be hidden behind closed doors. Sharing a mince pie and a chat with someone who might be suffering could make all the difference. This is the Christmas edition of The Great Get Together and we’re calling it #MincePieMoments.
Join in with #MincePieMoments
The idea is simple: reach out to someone in your community and share a mince pie, whether it is a neighbour, friend or relative.
At the end of a busy year, I wanted to thank you for your continued support and update you on the work we’ve been doing to tackle loneliness this past year.
Today, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, chaired by Jo’s friends Seema Kennedy MP and Rachel Reeves MP is launching its findings in a report in Batley alongside Jo’s family.
The report marks the culmination of the year-long commission that Jo started before she was killed.
Amongst the findings of the report:
- 9 million adults are often or always lonely.
- Loneliness is as harmful to health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
- There is currently a gap in national leadership on loneliness and a national strategy is vitally needed.
It’s been a great privilege to work alongside many of you this year.
I wish you a happy and healthy festive period and
would like to thank you for your continued support
- it means a huge amount to all of us.
All the very best,
Director, Jo Cox Foundation