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Locked down and lonely in the depths of winter

Right now, older people like Bridgit urgently need your help.

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Thousands of older people are spending these cold dark days of winter alone, with only their worries for company. It’s no wonder so many older people are now saying ‘I don’t know how much longer I can cope.’

9 out of 10 people who have died of coronavirus in the UK have been 65 and older

That's more than 80,000 people. During the pandemic in 2020, 2.2 million people aged 60 and over had their wellbeing affected because they had no one to talk to about their worries.

Bridgit looks out of her window

84-year-old Bridgit is just one of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people trying to cope during the hardest winter in living memory. She's always been an independent person but the coronavirus crisis has robbed her of her freedom, forcing her to spend day after day alone in her home.

"Now that I cannot go out, it’s really brought my spirits down. When will it end? This isn’t living."

 

By making a donation today you could help transform the lives of vulnerable older people like Bridgit.

Our Age UK Advice Line and telephone friendship services are providing a lifeline for older people like Bridgit this winter. Bridgit says: "Age UK is important. They give people a lot of information and reach out to people when they need help."

Thanks to kind donations, we've supported more than 367,000 friendship calls to lonely older people since the start of the pandemic

In the depths of what, for many, may be their hardest winter ever, you could make sure that older people have someone they can turn to – someone who will soothe their fears and give them support. Someone who cares. Thank you.

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