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"It's not the same without her..."

Christmas was a special time for Colin and his wife, and he finds it difficult since her passing. Let's be there for older people like Colin who feel they have no one to turn to when they need it most.

For many of us, the Christmas period is about spending time with loved ones and reflecting upon what we have to be thankful for. But for some people like Colin, who have lost the most important person in their life, Christmas can feel like a time they have no one to turn to. With your help Age UK can change that.

Colin and his wife Joan Ann had been married for 25 years. Joan Ann had dementia and began to experience severe pain, which led to a diagnosis of lung cancer. Tragically, Joan Ann passed away a matter of hours later, leaving Colin heartbroken, alone and confused.

When Colin decided to call Age UK’s Advice Line, he explained his loneliness after his wife’s sudden death, and was asked by an advisor if he’d like to sign up for Call in Time, Age UK’s telephone befriending service.

“The information was first rate and the advisor was so helpful,” says Colin.

Through Call in Time Colin was introduced to his befriender, a volunteer, who he now enjoys regular phone calls with. They’ve become so close that Colin says she is like a daughter to him.

Christmas remains difficult for Colin, though. “It’s a really difficult time. My wife and I used to spend it just the two of us.”

There are more than 2.5 million older people who feel they have no one to turn to, and we are determined to be there for them. With generous donations from people like you this Christmas, we can be there for more people like Colin.

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


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