Nearly 40 veterans from FirstLight Trust and family members met for a Christmas lunch at Scalby Manor.
It was one of several social activities with which the Scarborough charity complements the serious side of its modus operandi.
Others include outings, summer barbecues, fitness sessions and an over-60s drop-in and a furniture workshop - participants upcycle old furniture and sell it at the charity’s shop / café in Queen Street.
Isolation is a common phenomenon among older veterans, says FirstLight Trust, which aims to reintroduce camaraderie among them. The charity supports veterans with any issue, offering information, advice and guidance as appropriate.
“Wherever possible, we will utilise existing services but will seek to fund other support as necessary”, explains support coordinator Sally Bowtell.
For further information about any aspect of FirstLight Trust, ring Sally on 361210.