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Christmas appeal 2020 - the difference your donations are making

Now more than ever, no one should have no one

Your support has made, and continues to make, an enormous difference to the lives of older people. Watch our video to see the impact we've had together.

As the UK faces further restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases, thousands of older people experienced their loneliest Christmas ever.

More than 850,000 older people may have spent this Christmas alone, and are now living under another lockdown. We’re working hard to relieve the isolation and despair felt by so many. Our advice line and Telephone Friendship Service have never been in such great demand. But we can only reach those who need us most with your support.

If you've already made a donation to our appeal, thank you so much for your generosity.  

Your support is helping people like Amrita...

92-year-old Amrita has found the pandemic particularly difficult as she loves to be around other people. She told us that at times she resorted to talking to herself for company.

"Coronavirus has meant that I’m  having to keep myself to myself, which can be really difficult. I find myself walking around talking to myself."

Our Telephone Friendship Service has helped Amrita rediscover the joy of conversation. She told us that as soon as she picks up the phone with her befriender, she barely stops talking!

Did you know? The Age UK Advice Line is open 365 days a year, including Christmas day

We provide answers and reassurance to older people when they need it most - 96% of callers say we make a difference. Over the festive period, we were available every day for those who have no one else.

Send a message of support and tell us why you're helping older people this Christmas

I gave to Age UK because I think we owe our older generation great debt.

Edward

There are so many older people struggling with loneliness. I’m so grateful for Age UK and the support and resources they provide.

Morag

I feel helping the elderly and aged is an expression of our own basic humanity with whatever little we can afford - time, a donation or service.

Raj

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