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Share the story of someone you know

We've all got a story to tell. We're working with Cadbury to celebrate the life stories of older people.

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.

It could be something you heard in a passing conversation, or an inspiring story about someone you know that you’ll never forget. At Age UK we support hundreds of thousands of older people every year, and we know that they have so many amazing stories to tell.

Share the story of an older person you know

Nominate an older person and share what you think makes them amazing using our simple online form. 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.

But our work is only possible with the support of people like you. Will you help us?

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!

Share an older person's story

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. You could also win a Cadbury hamper!

Help us be there for more older people

Without kind donations from people like you, we wouldn’t be able to provide vital help and support to the millions of older people who rely on us each year.

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Rajinder, 73, came to the UK in the 1960s. He has tirelessly raised thousands of pounds for charity.

"Back in Punjab, my dad was in the army. He taught me how to skip and run long distances. It’s definitely where my love of sports and exercise came from.

When I first came over to the UK, I entered a race at Hounslow Athletics Club. Since then, I’ve done so many half marathons, marathons and charity runs. The money I’ve raised from doing these will help hundreds, even thousands of people.

Now, more than ever, it’s so important to be there for one another. During lockdown, I’ve done lots of skipping challenges, and have become known as the ‘Skipping Sikh’. Many people have got involved in the challenges, from young children through to grandparents. I think they’re inspired seeing someone of my age doing a challenge like this.

As a Sikh, one of the principles is to serve others, and this is what I continue to do. I want everyone to stay active and healthy, as health is wealth. My faith is my strength, and whilst exercising I keep God in mind at all times.

I’ve been brought up to always respect and help others wherever I can. No matter what we look like or where we come from, we should always look out for each other. This country has given me so much, so I wanted to give something back."

Terry, 96, managed her own division in the war, which was responsible for waterproofing the engines for army trucks.

"I had no idea what to train for in the army, so I trained to be a store woman, issuing food, clothes and things like that. I thought that’s what I’d be doing. They took me into this big hangar. It turned out that it was a mechanical transport stores depot. We had to issue spare parts for army vehicles – from tiny washers through to lorry gearboxes.

Some decision must have been made high up, and they suddenly opened a new department called the Waterproofing department.

I was called up and I was wondering what I had done. I thought I was in trouble! But it was someone asking me if I’d like to go and work for this new department. I accepted and was moved to a new depot.

The next thing we knew, all these boxes started turning up. I was sent on a day course and they explained that in the boxes was everything that was necessary to waterproof the engine of a vehicle.

The next thing we knew, all these boxes started turning up. I was sent on a day course and they explained that in the boxes was everything that was necessary to waterproof the engine of a vehicle.

We guessed that this must be for some kind of invasion, for a vehicle that needed to come off some kind of boat or something to go onto land. That turned out to be true. Of course, on D-Day we saw them. The trucks came off the back of the Kitchener Ducks and into the water once they landed. Very few of the trucks were lost because of the work we had done. D-Day was actually the first time we knew what we had been working on."

John, 90, is an Age UK fundraiser and a fifty-two-time marathon runner. He has raised more than £50,000 for charities over the years.

"When the London marathon started in 1981, I thought ‘I'd like to do that’, so I managed to enter in '83, and that was it. During the first two, I hadn't even started running, but I got it into my head that I wanted to do it.

I was training for it all the time, six days a week, in between swimming, working and everything else. My motivation was to just get round the course. I only ever intended to do one, I thought that was enough.

I’ve ran fifty-two marathons over the years, including New York, Los Angeles and Barbados. I last ran the London marathon in 2018 with my 18-year-old granddaughter. I was the oldest man running in 2016 and 2018, so maybe that's the time for me to hang me boots up now.

I've still got a few running friends, but none of them will run with me because I'm too slow! We meet up the park and then we go for coffee and have a chat."

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