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Families across the UK ring the bell in the streets for Christmas for a loneliness campaign


You call that a doorbell! Families across the UK are gathering on the streets to ring in Christmas after mother's loneliness campaign goes viral

  • North Yorkshire mom sees Facebook loneliness initiative going viral
  • Harrogate's Mary Beggs-Reid asked the British to ring bells outside their homes
  • Many took advantage of the event to also thank the frontline staff amid a pandemic

People across the UK stepped out of their homes on Christmas Eve after a woman's campaign went viral.

The initiative was launched on Facebook by Mary Beggs-Reid of Harrogate, North Yorkshire and has since been supported by Captain Sir Tom Moore and Boris Johnson.

At the two-minute event, many families went to the front door to ring bells in solidarity with those who spend Christmas alone.

In Swansea, Wales, a mother and daughter ring bells. Many people used the event to thank the staff at the front

Before the event, Ms. Beggs-Reid wrote on Facebook: “We cannot physically be together, but we can ring the doorbell together! A chance for us to feel connected and have a happy memory of 2020. & # 39;

Among those attending were Dorset County Hospital staff who tweeted, "We're ending 2020 with a little magic, hope and togetherness!"

Many people used the event to thank the staff at the front.

At Saltburn-by-the-Sea near Redcar, North Yorkshire, youngsters step out to ring their bells

At Saltburn-by-the-Sea near Redcar, North Yorkshire, youngsters step out to ring their bells

This family, also in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, takes part in the initiative. The campaign has since been supported by Captain Sir Tom Moore and Boris Johnson

This family, also in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, takes part in the initiative. The campaign has since been supported by Captain Sir Tom Moore and Boris Johnson

In Cardiff, Wales, a woman rings the doorbell on her doorstep. The campaign started as a Facebook group that has attracted almost 500,000 likes since then

In Cardiff, Wales, a woman rings the doorbell on her doorstep. The campaign started as a Facebook group that has attracted almost 500,000 likes since then

Children at Glasgow Children's Hospital also took part, and the charity tweeted, "We couldn't be more proud of our hospital heroes who have worked with endless dedication during this difficult year."

Ms. Beggs-Reid's campaign started as a Facebook group that has since attracted nearly 500,000 likes and eventually got the Prime Minister to get in touch.

Ms. Beggs-Reid, a 41-year-old real estate agent, told PA News Agency, "I think it's fantastic that the Prime Minister is stepping behind an everyday mother like me and trying to help the communities as much as possible."

She added, "Especially with the recent news, this is needed now more than ever."

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