The isolated and vulnerable across Dudley are being promised some special Christmas cheer from local scouts.

The 1st Upper Gornal Scouts are aiming to deliver 1000 ’Christmas Kindness’ cards this year

The Scouts, who regularly meet at St Peters Church in Kent Street, are asking people to make or buy a Christmas card, write a festive message inside and pass it onto them to be delivered.

Neil Watts, Cub Leader has said “It’s been such a terrible year, particularly for people who live alone in our community; we thought receiving a Christmas card was a nice way of letting people know they’re not forgotten.

“We’ll also be adding some useful information into the envelope with the card, so please don’t seal it. It would be fantastic to reach 1000 cards.”

The campaign has received the support of Bywaters Newsagents in The Arcade, Upper Gornal, who have provided a dedicated postbox where the cards can be left ready for collection and delivery by the scouts.

The group are also looking for nominations of people who may benefit by receiving a card.

To nominate someone email with details of names, address and age group.

According a the British Red Cross, up to 9 million people across the UK, regularly or always feel lonely.