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Roy, Amrita and Marjorie - three older people

Now more than ever, we need your urgent help to support older people

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Thousands of older people are facing their loneliest Christmas ever

"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, 98

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. 

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

As the fear and isolation of the coronavirus crisis continues, many older people now face a Christmas like no other in living memory.

We urgently need your support to be there for vulnerable and lonely older people with no one to turn to. 

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. 

By sending your Christmas gift today, you could give older people the kindness, support and comfort they so urgently need. Thank you.

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.

Did you know?

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.

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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