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Roy sits in his living room, in front of a small Christmas tree, looking off to the distance

More than 850,000 older people could be spending this Christmas alone

At Age UK, we’re working hard to relieve the isolation and despair felt by so many – but it’s only possible with the support of people like you.

Every year, millions of older people depend on Age UK for practical and emotional support. Before the outbreak of coronavirus, we were already facing a loneliness epidemic amongst older people. As a result of the pandemic, this crisis has intensified.

For many thousands of older people, this Christmas will be the loneliest of their lives. Now more than ever, we need to be here with essential support for vulnerable and isolated older people though this challenging period. Now more than ever, we must not fail those who need us most.

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80-year-old Roy knows all too well what it’s like to be alone at this time of year

His wife Maggie always made Christmas special. But since her death, the festive season has become a difficult time for Roy. Now, with the threat of coronavirus and further restrictions, this Christmas is looking even harder.

“It can be difficult to feel so alone. You can come to terms with it, but you never get over it. Coronavirus made me feel really lonely. And it’s getting worse again. I just can’t see a stop to it.”

Thankfully, Roy got up the courage to call Age UK and now receives weekly calls from a befriender, Jeanette, as part of our Telephone Friendship Service. It’s given him the joy of companionship he was missing for so long.

“Jeanette is so lovely to talk to. We talk about everything. She phones every Wednesday and it’s lovely to be able to just talk to someone, especially as I love to chat. I look forward to the calls very much.”

Without support, thousands of older people like Roy will have no one this Christmas. Now more than ever, we must show our older generation that they’re not forgotten.

Heart icon Did you know the Age UK Advice Line is open 365 days a year, including Christmas day?

We provide answers and reassurance to older people when they need it most - 96% of callers say we make a difference. Over the festive period, we'll be here every day for those who have no one else, giving help such as financial advice for how to stay warm through winter.

We’re here for you too

If you or someone you know needs support, Age UK is here for you. Call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 169 6565, 8am to 7pm, every day of the year, or find information and advice on our website.

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