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Roy, Amrita and Marjorie - three older people

Now more than ever, we need your support

By donating to Age UK today, you can help give older people the comfort and support many so urgently need this Christmas.

At the close of what’s been, for many, a terrifying and isolating year, more than 850,000 older people could be spending Christmas alone. Now more than ever, Age UK needs your support to be here for those who need us most. 

Every year, millions of older people call on Age UK for practical and emotional support. The Age UK Advice Line gives answers and reassurance to older people, while our Telephone Friendship Service provides vital companionship to those experiencing loneliness. 

This Christmas, that support has never been more needed. Now more than ever, we need your help to be there for those who need us most. 

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Together, we can help vulnerable older people get through their loneliest Christmas

For people like Roy and Amrita, who’ve lost their partners, Christmas can feel like just another day. Others like Marjorie, who are struggling with health problems on their own, dread that coronavirus will make this Christmas their loneliest ever.

"I'd like to go to sleep Christmas eve and not wake up until New Year’s Day and miss the whole thing." – Marjorie, 98

Thankfully for older people like Roy, Amrita and Marjorie, Age UK is here to help. We’ve arranged for all 3 to receive weekly calls from befrienders as part of our Telephone Friendship Service. For older people experiencing loneliness, these calls are nothing short of a lifeline:

"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." – Roy, 80

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

"Loneliness is awful. It can make you feel trapped. But with Age UK’s help, it can become more bearable." – Amrita, 92

Age UK is determined to be there for the thousands of older people who urgently need someone to rely on this Christmas - but we can’t do this without donations from people like you.

Phone icon Did you know 225,000 older people often go a whole week without speaking to anyone?

The Age UK Telephone Friendship service gives older people the joy of a regular phone call from a friendly voice. At the height of the first lockdown, we saw a 300% increase in demand for this service and we’re braced for another increase this Christmas.

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.

Age UK provides a range of services and your gift will go where the need is greatest. Age UK is a registered charity, registered charity no 1128267. 

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