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We've all got a story to tell. We're working with Cadbury to celebrate the life stories of older people. Share a story to be in with the chance of winning a £100 Cadbury hamper!

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225,000 older people often go a whole week without speaking to anyone at all. So we've partnered with Cadbury to encourage everyone to have a conversation with an older person and to celebrate the story of an older person you know.

Share the story of an older person you know

Join us in celebrating an older person's story by completing our quick form below and you could be in with the chance of winning a hamper of Cadbury chocolate worth £100! A great treat to enjoy with that special person who shared their story.

Here are some stories from other wonderful older people to inspire you.

Working together to tackle loneliness

We've all experienced loneliness at some point – especially this year. But for 1.4 million older people in the UK, loneliness is a daily reality. And we are missing out on their stories, words and wisdom.

That’s why Age UK is here. We provide advice, support and friendship to older people who have no one to turn to.

Our expert advice line is available every day of the year to provide answers and reassurance when they’re needed most. And our telephone friendship service provides thousands of lonely and isolated older people with a regular chat, sometimes the only conversation they'll have all week.

Do you know someone, or have you spoken to an older person because of our campaign with Cadbury, whose story deserves to be shared? Help us celebrate them, and share their story here!

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You could win a hamper of Cadbury chocolate worth £100! It's quick and simple to share a story using our online form, and there’s a chance we’ll feature it on this page as part of the campaign.

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Anne Willan has led the most extraordinary life in three different countries. Alexandra, who works for Anne, explains what makes her boss so inspiring.

"Born in Newcastle (1938), she lived the first third of her life in the UK. In 1960, she was awarded a master’s degree in economics at Cambridge University, where she was one of two women in her class of a hundred men. A woman economist was a curiosity and, as she soon discovered, unemployable.

To fill in time, she took cooking classes at the Cordon Bleu in London. Two weeks were enough for her to realise that the kitchen was where she always wanted to be. After a couple of years as a junior teacher, Anne was determined to explore the home of the finest food in Europe, France.

She went to Paris for three months, and stayed for two years at Le Cordon Bleu, catering parties, giving freelance cooking classes, and heading the kitchen of the curator of the Château de Versailles, who entertained the likes of Charles de Gaulle and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It was here that Anne met her husband Mark Cherniavsky, also an economist from England, who enjoyed travelling, collecting books and, most importantly, good food.

After two years, in 1963 Anne moved to New York and became an associate editor of Gourmet Magazine. Two years later, she and Mark were married and living in Washington D.C. with Anne a food editor of the local newspaper, the Washington Star. Their children were born in the U.S. and Anne became a citizen in 1973. After moving back to France in 1975, Anne opened her own cooking school in Paris called Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.

In 1982 La Varenne was transferred to Chateau du Fey in Burgundy, continuing with classes until 2007. From 1994-2010, Anne wrote food columns for the Los Angeles Times. She enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Julia Child and is a well-known cookbook writer, with more than 30 books published. Anne recently moved back to London to be nearer her family, where her latest book, “Women in the Kitchen”, was recently published. Anne is an amazing woman!"

Ian’s dad, Len, had so many remarkable experiences throughout his life, from serving in the war to improving understanding of anatomy. Ian explains how his dad came to be in a taxi with an orangutan skeleton…

"My dad grew up in the first world war. When the second world war started, he was conscripted to the Royal Army Medical Corps. Following basic training, he was meant to travel to Algeria to be attached to the 8th army. Unfortunately, he had appendicitis, so missed his ship. As soon as he had recovered he caught up with his regiment only to find that he was caring for many of his comrades that had arrived earlier.

He stayed with the regiment abroad for six years, following through to Europe and beyond. He finally reached the death camps, treating those that had survived. He joined as a conscript and by the end of the war he had reached the rank of Colour Sargent.

In his mind he was going to remain in the army, but his father begged him to come home. He never lost the military attitude. He went into join the St John, taking a commission to become a Divisional Superintendent. He was awarded the Order of St John in 1953. He was in charge of No1 District, Prince of Wales, Holborn.

He joined the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, as a technician in the Anatomy Department. He saw the school change from the School of Medicine for Women, to a mixed school and eventually the move from Russell Square to the Royal Free site in Hampstead, London.

He was the first person to mount skeletons a naturalistic way. He developed many of the methods of preservation of specimens that are used worldwide to this day. His work was cited in many publications. In his time at the school he often did work with London Zoo. The most famous time was when he was asked to mount the skeleton of Mr Jinx, an orangutan, which he and another technician brought back to the school in a taxi, only covered in a sheet.

By the time he retired, he was a Senior Chief Technician, the only non-academic to be awarded a full Chair on the Board of Governors. There are too many tales to tell, some rare accounts of the war, and many from his time at the school. He was a very well-respected man, who achieved much in life."

Prisca Alexander journeyed from St Lucia to the UK, raising her nine children in challenging circumstances. Throughout all the hardship, she always made sure her children didn’t go without. Her granddaughter, Naomi, explains why Prisca is so special to her and the family.

"My grandmother is 90 years old. I wish I’d understood years ago the courage and resilience she has shown over the years. But they say, with age comes wisdom, and through her I’m becoming wiser.

Prisca is the mother to nine children (sadly two have passed away). She became a single parent in her 40s as her husband, my grandfather who I sadly never got to meet, died from lung cancer in his early 40s. I’ve heard stories about her journey to the UK from the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

She experienced rough living conditions and day to day life as a mother of 9. I remember my mother telling me how upset she was to receive a set of colouring pens on her birthday, realising that was all she could have probably afforded at the time. But one thing my mother always remembers was that she never went hungry. Throughout the struggles and strife, there was always food on the table.

Now a mother myself, I always tell my children how lucky they are to have their great grandparent around. It can be rare, so cherish those moments whenever you can. Over the years she’s seen the people closest to her family and friends pass away, and that can’t be easy, but I'm glad we all have her to look up to. She’s the matriarch of the family, the one whose ways live on through those closest to her.

She’s inspired me to set up a project called Prisca’s Passage, where I send and donate items to women and children in the Caribbean whose lives are similar to what my grandmother experiences. Prisca (granny), thank you for inspiring us in ways beyond words!”

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