"It is lonely on your own. I’d like to go to sleep on Christmas eve and not wake up until New Year’s Day and miss the whole thing."
Roy, Marjorie and Amrita are some of those facing the hardest Christmas of their long lives – entirely on their own.
For people like Roy and Amrita, who've lost their partners, Christmas can feel like just another day. For others like Marjorie, who are struggling with health problems on their own, a Christmas with the threat of coronavirus looming is something something they'll dread.
As the fear and isolation of the coronavirus crisis continues, many older people now face a Christmas like no other in living memory.
Thankfully, Age UK was able to help Roy, Marjorie and Amrita. We arranged for all 3 to receive weekly friendship calls. It’s made a life-changing difference.
Our vital services have never been so in demand – and we expect the need for friendship calls to be higher than last Christmas.
Age UK provides a range of services and your gift will go wherever the need is greatest. Age UK is a registered charity, no 1128267.
225,000 older people often go a whole week without speaking to anyone. We cannot let older people suffer alone. Not this year. Not ever.