Charity calls on support for older people

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Charity bosses are working to ensure older people are not alone this Christmas.

Age UK North Tyneside is working to ensure older people can take part in regular activities, lunch clubs, befriending services to ensure no one is lonely or isolated.

Last month, donations to charity shops in North Shields and Whitley Bay will go to help the elderly in the community.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside, said: “Everyone needs someone to turn to at some point in their life.

“Christmas can be especially lonely when it is traditionally a time for friends and family.

“North Tyneside has the 43rd highest prevalence of loneliness among older people of all the 326 local authority areas in England, and we are working hard to identify and help the older people in the local community.”

“In the UK, 1 million older people go a month or more without seeing or speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour and we need to change that.”

Anyone who feels they can help should contact (0191) 280 8484.

Alternatively people can text AGNT27 £2, £5 or £10 to 70070 to make a donation.