Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to take part in Christmas Eve bell-ringing event to combat loneliness

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BORIS Johnson and fiancée Carrie Symonds will take part in a Christmas Eve bell-ringing event to help combat loneliness.

The PM told organiser Mary Beggs-Reid they “will be out ringing bells” with thousands of Brits for two minutes at 6pm tomorrow.

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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are set to take part in a Christmas Eve bell-ringing event to combat loneliness[/caption]

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Mary Beggs-Reid is calling on people to ring a bell from their doorsteps for two minutes at 6pm on Christmas Eve[/caption]

Mrs Beggs-Reid said: “It’s fantastic that the Prime Minister is getting behind an everyday mum like me and trying to help communities as much as we can.

“Especially with the recent news, this is more needed now than ever.

“They love the idea and will look for bells to join us.

“They said they support anything helping Santa fly his sleigh for the children.

“It was just a simple bell-ring to start with but it’s evolved into so much more, so that for two minutes on Christmas Eve nobody feels alone.”

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.

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The event has been endorsed by Captain Sir Tom Moore[/caption]


The 41-year-old, who works as an estate manager, was contacted by No 10 after Mr Johnson expressed an interest in ringing bells on Christmas Eve.

Thousands of people across the UK have been asked to ring bells for two minutes at 6pm on December 24 as part of the campaign, which started on October 19.

The event has been endorsed by Captain Sir Tom Moore, who called it “a brilliant initiative at a time where it is really needed”.

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).

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