Make a referral

Do you know someone who would like to join us on Christmas Day?


At Marmalade Trust we work closely with local health professionals, public sector organisations, charities and community groups to support lonely and isolated people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

We do not want anyone who does not want to spend Christmas Day alone, to be on their own, so we organise Christmas Day lunches in restaurants around Bristol and South Glos. Each person becomes a Marmalade Member and is warmly welcomed back every year. We have friendly Marmalade Trust volunteers who collect our Members from their own home and drive them to one of our host restaurants where they enjoy a free meal with their own Marmalade family (up to 20 people per venue). Each Member is then returned safely home afterwards.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from attending one of our Christmas Day lunches, you can refer them to us by downloading this Referral Form and emailing it to

Our three main referral conditions are as follows:

  • The person would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day
  • Their health and well-being is affected by loneliness
  • Over 18 years of age

To help with our planning and organisation we would appreciate receiving referrals as early as possible, and by 11th December 2018 at the latest. However, we appreciate that some referrals may come in later than this and we will do everything to accommodate the person so please do contact us to discuss further.

If you have any queries about making a referral please do not hesitate to contact us.

“The food was excellent. A very pleasant day with nice people. I am very pleased with the unexpected Christmas present. The volunteers were very helpful and friendly and the venue was comfortable and welcoming.” (Martin, Christmas Day 2017)

“The food was very good and I enjoyed the company. It was really lovely to have somewhere to go and people to be with on Christmas Day.” (Margaret, Christmas Day 2017)

We believe anyone can experience loneliness, and giving companionship on Christmas day is a great place to start to reconnect people.