Help us make Christmas a little brighter for a lonely older person.
At 97, Terry has a lot of festive celebrations to look back on. Happy times, surrounded by friends, family, fun and laughter.
But sadly, ever since she lost her husband to Alzheimer’s and her son passed away at just 62, these fond memories quickly became her only comfort at Christmas. As Terry says:
"I can go a week without speaking to anyone at all. I just ignored Christmas last year."
Thanks to our Telephone Friendship Service, Terry won’t be lonely this Christmas.
She’s been matched with a new telephone friend who calls every week for a chat to help make Terry’s days a little brighter all year round.
"When you don’t speak or hear anyone else's voice, it’s terrible. I sometimes go a week without seeing or talking to anyone except my telephone friend...It’s a joy to know her."
Your donation could help make sure our vital services are there for older people in their darkest hours.
For many older people, talking to Age UK really is their only bright spot during this difficult time of year. Your vital gift today could help make sure that no one has no one this Christmas.
1 million older people will be eating dinner alone on Christmas Day
Almost 3.5 million older people are not looking forward to Christmas
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.