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Help us spread the warmth

Your support can help us be there for people like James and Peter this winter.

The challenge 

As the cost of living remains sky-high, so many older people are facing the painful choice between eating and staying warm this winter – and don't know where to turn for help.

For those who live alone, or who have health conditions that make it difficult to leave the house, winter can be even more isolating. And when there's no one to discuss concerns or find solutions with, challenges can become overwhelming.

11.3 million people

aged over 50 in the UK found it difficult to afford their energy bills last year

Over 4 million

older people live alone

40% of people over 50

didn't think they'd be able to save any money last year

But with your help, Age UK can be there to offer support when it's needed most.

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The solution

This winter, Age UK can be there with advice, friendship and support – like we have been for James and Peter.

James' story

James, 72, lives with Parkinson's disease, and needs to stay warm to prevent his symptoms from worsening. But the cost of living crisis has left him struggling to afford heating bills and groceries, alongside paying for his essential daily care visits.

“I just want to stay warm. If I don't, I'll freeze. But I struggle with my bills.”

Peter's story

Peter, 87, lives on his own, and has mobility issues that make it difficult to leave the house. As energy costs have soared, Peter has worried that he can't afford to stay warm – and has even feared losing his home – but felt there was nowhere to turn for support.

“It's hard to ask for help. You just suffer it alone, feeling as if you've done something wrong.”

How your support can help

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, whatever the challenge.

Thanks to our supporters, in 2023:

150,000 calls

were answered by the Age UK Advice Line, offering guidance and support

Over 8 million

visits were made to our Information and Advice pages

£14 million

in unclaimed benefits was identified for older callers by Age UK

No older person should feel there's nowhere to turn this winter.

Your support could help us continue to be there.

Age UK provides a range of services and your gift will go wherever the need is greatest. 

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