When Christmas becomes the hardest day of the year
Your support can help us be there for people like Gwen, Ted and Terry.
Too many older people will spend Christmas alone this year.
The loss of loved ones, changing life circumstances, and spending countless hours without anyone to talk to can leave individuals feeling isolated and alone. And at Christmas time, loneliness can turn what should be a happy day into one of the hardest.
Almost a million
older people across the UK often feel lonely
Over 4 million
older people live alone
older people had no one to spend Christmas with last year
But with your help, Age UK can be there to support older people who need us at Christmas – and all year round.
This Christmas, Age UK can provide essential services that change people's lives – like we have for Gwen, Ted and Terry.
The changing pace of Gwen's life had left her feeling lonely, but chats with her telephone befriender Holly have made all the difference.
Being referred to the Age UK Telephone Friendship Service has helped Ted to feel more like himself again after losing his beloved wife.
Age UK provides expert advice, practical support, crucial friendship, and campaigns to ensure older people's voices are heard on key issues. Only with the help of our supporters can we continue to be there for everyone who needs us – on Christmas Day and every day.
Thanks to our supporters, in 2022:
were answered by the Age UK Advice Line, offering guidance and support
Over 8.2 million
visits were made to our Information and Advice pages
were supported by the Age UK Telephone Friendship Service
Age UK provides a range of services and your gift will go wherever the need is greatest.