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Lonely this Christmas

Roy Croucher

Across Oxfordshire, thousands of older people will be spending this Christmas alone. That's why the Oxford Mail have launched their 'Lonely This Christmas' campaign, supporting Age UK Oxfordshire to be there for people who are lonely and isolated - at this time and all through the year.

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Christmas is a time for sharing– gifts, treats and above all joy and happiness. But in Oxfordshire an estimated 10,400 people over 65 say they are often or always lonely.


Loss of friends and family can make older people especially vulnerable to feeling alone, and many go for long periods of time without seeing or speaking to anyone. A friendly chat on the phone can make all the difference.


We offer a vital service to older people who are isolated and alone. Phone Friends is a free and confidential telephone befriending service for people across Oxfordshire.


This Christmas, the Oxford Mail are suporting our Phone Friends service and many older people in Oxfordshire Lonely this Christmaswho are lonely through their 'Lonely this Christmas' appeal. With your help, Phone Friends can reach out to even more people across the county.


By December 25, the Oxford Mail is aiming to raise £5,400 for Age UK Oxfordshire, which will pay for 2,000 phone calls by Phone Friend volunteers. At the same time, 10 kind-hearted people are being sought to sign up as volunteers.

And to make a real difference on the day itself, the Oxford Mail is asking those organising community Christmas lunches to list them online, so they can be promoted to readers to enable them to take part in an event near them.


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How you can help

1. Donate to the Lonely this Christmas appeal, which is aiming to raise £5,400 by Christmas to support Age UK Oxfordshire and our Phone Friends service. Text AUKO52 £3 to 70070 to give £3 or visit our Justgiving page to pledge an amount of your choice.


Alternatively, you can send a cheque to the appeal made out to 'Age UK Oxfordshire' to:
Lonely this Christmas appeal, Age UK Oxfordshire, St Edmund House, 39 West St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 5BT.


2. Volunteer as a Phone Friends: Ten new volunteer recruits are being sought for Phone Friends. There is no set minimum age and Phone Friends can volunteer from just two hours per week. To find out more, fill out our volunteer contact form.


3. If you’re organising a Christmas lunch for neighbours and older people who may not have anyone to share the day with, register it at