Thousands of people over the age of 60 in Northamptonshire feel lonelier at Christmas, according to new research from Age UK.
The study also shows that those who are single, separated or widowed feel it the most.
The charity has released two short films with actors James Bolam MBE and Miriam Margolyes OBE narrating real life stories of loneliness to support Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas campaign. These poignant films are the real personal stories of Roy and Janet, who are supported by Age UK’s telephone befriending service that provides weekly friendship calls.
The film can be viewed at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/northamptonshire/how-you-can-help/volunteering/
The survey also showed that 85 percent believed that there should be more help for lonely older people, and 58 percent thought regular visits from a friendly face would be helpful.
Liam Condron, chief officer at Age UK, said: “Loneliness is a huge issue that affects people all year round, however, we know that the festive season can be a particularly difficult time.
"Roy and Janet’s stories are an inspiration to others and we’re very grateful to James and Miriam for using their huge acting talents to help everyone understand just how heart-breaking and serious a condition loneliness is.
"We’re now calling on the local community to join us in taking action. There are a number of ways you can help us tackle loneliness locally by donating, volunteering you can help older people to enjoy the festive season and the year to come.”
Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/northamptonshire/our-services. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a weekly chat, contact Age UK Northamptonshire on 01604 611200.