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1.2 million older people like Syd often feel lonely

Donate today to help us be there with friendship and support.

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For over a million older people, loneliness is a daily reality.

It’s been linked to depression and leaves people feeling alone, unhappy and unwanted.

Older voices go unheard

225,000 older people often go a week without speaking to anyone.

Please help us reach more lonely older people like Syd, who so urgently need friendship and support.

When Syd’s wife – who he describes as his “pillar” – passed away a few years ago, he became increasingly lonely.

Loneliness is a terrible thing. Until you get old, you don't understand it.

Loneliness is a terrible thing. Until you get old, you don't understand it.

Syd, 89

With a donation today, Age UK’s services can be there to help older people like Syd.

Syd now has regular calls with his befriender, Lisa, as part of our Telephone Friendship Service, giving him someone to laugh and share fond memories with, or to turn to if he needs support.

180,573 calls

In 2021, Age UK supported 180,573 telephone friendship calls to lonely and isolated older people.

Your gift today could help turn loneliness into friendship.

Our Telephone Friendship Service is just one of a range of services and practical support through which Age UK reaches thousands of lonely older people.

A little support can be all it takes to help someone feel valued again.

Please donate today. Together we could be there for those who have no one else.

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 use the links below to find out more about how we could help.

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