A nursing home in Weymouth has installed a 20ft Christmas tree as part of its campaign to tackle loneliness over the Christmas period.

The tree at Weymouth Manor Nursing and Residential Care Home in Radipole Lane is the first large Christmas tree to be lit up for the festive season in the Weymouth area.

Last Thursday evening, Weymouth Manor resident Tony Cash had the honour of switching on the Christmas tree lights as everyone counted down from 10 and celebrated the event with a glass of sherry.

The home is aiming to bring joy not just to its residents but to the local community, offering events such as wreath making, festive afternoon teas and a Salvation Army performance to help those suffering from loneliness over the holidays.

Esther Sheppard, content manager from Weymouth Manor, said: “For many people Christmas is about family, laughter, and companionship, but for some it can be a time of isolation and loneliness. We have lots of different activities to take part in with residents, family and friends and the community all coming together.

“We chose an extra special Christmas tree this year. As we move towards celebrating Weymouth Manor’s one year anniversary it’s been important to us for Weymouth Manor to be part of its local community.

"Christmas lights are believed to boost energy levels and happiness, we hope that the Weymouth Manor Christmas Tree brings happiness not only to the Southill community but everyone who drives or walks past.”