Pull up a chair at Friendship Lunch

The first Yorkshire Post loneliness campaign-inspired Friendship Lunch at the Durham Ox, Crayke.
The first Yorkshire Post loneliness campaign-inspired Friendship Lunch at the Durham Ox, Crayke.
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A FRIENDSHIP Lunch inspired by The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness campaign takes place on Monday.

Michael Ibbotson, managing director of Provenance Inns, which owns the Durham Ox in Crayke, was inspired to start the event by the Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign, which was launched by in February last year to highlight the heartbreaking scale of those suffering from loneliness in the region.

The Friendship Lunches have been supported by Age UK North Yorkshire, along with community groups and local parish councils.

Mr Ibbotson said: “When we first sat down and came up with the idea of The Friendship Lunch, we hoped it would be well received, little did we realise just how much need there was for such an event. The atmosphere and buzz in the pub is wonderful, and the reactions of those attending and the positive feedback heartwarming.

For more information, or to book a table at the lunch, contact The Durham Ox on 01347 821506 or visit www.thedurhamox.com. Transport help can be arranged.