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Minister prescribes New Year’s resolution to combat loneliness

January, not Christmas, can be the loneliest time of the year, warns Norman Lamb, the care minister, as he urges people to make a New Year’s resolution to help an older person

 

Norman Lamb is urging people to make a special New Year’s resolution to combat loneliness

Britons are being urged to make a special New Year’s resolution to help an elderly person as part of a Government drive to combat a national “epidemic” of loneliness.

Norman Lamb, the care minister, took the unusual step of recommending a specific resolution to the public, warning that January, rather than Ch

ristmas, is often the loneliest time of the year for many people.

It comes after Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, spoke out about a “forgotten million” older people left without any regular social contact – something he described as Britain’s “national shame”.

The Daily Telegraph has been supporting the NHS “Winter friends” campaign, in which people sign a pledge to help isolated elderly people in practical ways.

Santa’s special detour to see young Shipdham boy

The annual Dereham Round Table Santa Sleigh made a special detour to bring a present to young Matthew Saunders, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:21 PM

The annual Dereham Round Table Santa Sleigh made a special detour to bring a present to young Matthew Saunders, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Hundreds of children in the Dereham area have been given an early Christmas present with the arrival of Santa on his sleigh, thanks to the town’s Round Table group.

And he took a special detour ahead of his visit to Shipdham to see a poorly eight-year-old boy who feared ill health might force him to miss out on his annual visit.

Matthew Saunders, from Saham Toney, suffers from cystic fibrosis and normally stands by the roadside in Shipdham with his mum Chantal to see Santa. But this year he has been suffering from a lung infection which meant he could not leave the warmth of his home for very long.

However Santa was able to get Rudolph to take a slight detour to stop right outside Matthew’s house, and the youngster emerged with a massive smile across his face.

A health trust is celebrating the success of its first term in a series of workshops

Celebration event for first term of Norfolk and Suffolk recovery college

A health trust is celebrating the success of its first term in a series of workshops and courses to empower people with mental health challenges to become experts in their own recovery.

Around 70 people attended a celebration event for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Recovery College, which was set up earlier this year.

More than 120 students attended one day workshops and courses on offer in the first term of the college, which are run from Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, and have been staged across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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