Spreading Christmas Cheer in partnership with Buckingham Palace

Friends of the Elderly has been supported by the Royal Family since the Charity’s earliest days when we cared for WW1 veterans. Today we’ve changed our mission to run care homes, day care services and a grant giving service for older people on low incomes in England but our Royal connection is still very much alive. We’re honoured to count Her Majesty the Queen as a Patron and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, as our President.

This week we’ve been given the opportunity to take part in a ‘digital takeover’ of the Royal Family’s Instagram page and introduce our charity to the account’s 10 million followers.

Whilst we highlight some of the bigger stories from our year, we’re also asking followers of the account to help spread some #ChristmasCheer by sending their Yuletide messages and merry wishes to our care home residents and day care centre clients. By emailing Christmas@fote.org.uk, we will make the messages into special Noel posters which will feature as part of our Christmas displays throughout our care homes and services.

Your message can help make Christmas really special for the older people we support. Mark Wilson, our Chief Operating Officer, said: “At Friends of the Elderly we always put a lot of effort into helping our residents, their relatives and day care centre clients enjoy the season by celebrating friendships, sharing festive memories and reminiscing about Christmases past. Each #ChristmasCheer message we receive will help us to make this Christmas really special for the older people we support.”

If you would like to spread some #ChristmasCheer and send a message wishing the older people we care for a ‘Very, Merry Christmas’, please visit https://www.fote.org.uk/christmascheer/ or email Christmas@fote.org.uk. We will turn your Christmas message into a special poster which will feature as part of the Christmas displays in our care homes and day care centres.