"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."
Marjorie is one of the hundreds of thousands of older people facing the hardest Christmas of their long lives – entirely on their own.
During lockdown, Marjorie wasn't allowed to have any visitors. Now, with seemingly no end in sight to the coroanvirus outbreak, she expects Christmas to be just as lonely.
As the fear and isolation of the coronavirus crisis continues, many older people now face a Christmas like no other in living memory.
After Marjorie found the courage to call Age UK, we arranged for her 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.