You are not alone


Appearing on BBC Breakfast last week, Terrence broke the hearts of viewers after revealing that he has spent Christmas alone for the last 20 years.

A friend suggested he talk to Age UK, and he now volunteers as a befriender for a 90-year-old woman with dementia.

Terrence's story has overwhelmed the nation and after his appearance on BBC Breakfast, Age UK has had six times as many calls from potential volunteers than the day before.

A new survey for Age UK's 'No one should have no one to turn to' campaign finds that Christmas is the loneliest time of year for over 1.5 million older people.

Colin, 78, who features in the campaign says: "That first Christmas on my own was a particularly difficult time. Everyone else seemed to be enjoying the festivities, but it made me feel even more alone. It was Age UK that became my lifeline."

Charity Director at Age UK, Caroline Abrahams says: "Age UK wants to be there for everyone who finds themselves in this situation and for all those older people who are feeling lonely or troubled in the run up to Christmas."

If you, a friend or relative are worried about spending Christmas alone, please call Age UK free on 0800 678 1602.