Diners in the heart of South Wales celebrating with friends and family by eating out this Christmas, will also be contributing towards a free restaurant meal for an older resident in their community.
The Christmas initiative by French restaurant Bistrot Pierre will donate dinners to well-deserving Mumbles residents, in a first of its kind partnership with Action for Elders.
For every Sunday Christmas party booking of six people or more in December, Bistrot Pierre, situated on the sea front with majestic views of Swansea Bay, will gift a free Menu Pierre three-course meal to a carer or charity user nominated by Action for Elders, redeemable throughout January 2023. This initiative comes at a time of year when many older people are known to be battling loneliness, alongside the ever-increasing cost of living crisis. According to a new report by Action for Elders, more than 90% of older people felt that the cost-of-living crisis was their number one concern, so the festive season will be a very challenging time this year.
Action for Elders knows the importance of socialising for the improvement of mental health and wellbeing, with over 10,000 residents participating in 22 activity groups over the past twelve months. The charity’s main aim and initiative is to end loneliness by offering local support with physical, mental and social programmes across the Mumbles and South Wales region. Their Balanced Lives Warm Hubs initiative will be offering much needed help for the older community this winter with items such as blankets and hand warmers, plus advice to help people cope with the cost-of-living crisis.
“We are just so thrilled to have been asked to be involved in this partnership”, says James Lewis, chief executive of Action for Elders. “Christmas can be a challenging time for older people, especially during the current financial climate, and our help is needed more than ever. It is wonderful that Bistrot Pierre are reaching out to their communities and embracing local residents this Christmas. We are really looking forward to bringing together a large group of older people from our Balanced Lives groups for a good party in January.”
“Community is at the heart of what we do at Bistrot Pierre”, says its CEO, Nick White. “There has never been a more important time to throw open our doors and welcome in those most in need within the communities we are based.
“As a thank you to our customers who continue to support us, we thought it fitting to reward their loyalty by supporting those who are vulnerable this year with a much-needed treat courtesy of Bistrot Pierre and we hope customers will want to get involved and make a difference to the lives of those living alone in Mumbles and South Wales. We are still taking bookings for our Christmas period, so we’re encouraging customers to try and be as generous as possible and enjoy a little bit of festive fun with us, which will also help those unsung residents in the area.
“I want to thank Action for Elders for their support and also for their tireless work with those in their community. And most importantly, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!”
For further information about Bistrot Pierre and to book a table this Christmas, please visit: www.bistrotpierre.co.uk. For more information about Action for Elders, please visit www.actionforelders.org.uk
“We really like Bistrot Pierre. Lovely ambience and great food and service. Highly recommended,” says Gower Life Editor, Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts.
Established in 1994, the restaurant group opened its first restaurant in Nottingham 27 years ago and currently has 18 bistrots across the UK. Bistrots can be found in the heart of the UK’s favourite cities, including Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Kidderminster, Coventry, Mere Green, Preston, Southport, Leamington Spa and Ilkley, as well as in superb waterside locations in Stratford-upon-Avon, Mumbles, Eastbourne, Weston-super-Mare, Torquay and Plymouth.
For more information, please visit www.bistrotpierre.co.uk