Bringing Christmas cheer to our callers

Too many older people spend Christmas alone, never receiving a single card or present. That’s why this year the 2,000 older people who receive our weekly telephone friendship calls will also be getting a card and gift from us.

We’re grateful to the Freemasons, through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, who have kindly provided a grant to make this possible.

Our support is a vital lifeline to isolated older people, especially at Christmas time. Our telephone befriending service matches volunteers with an older person for regular weekly calls. Many of these older people don’t have anyone else to speak to, so the support and contact is key. These become real friendships, transforming lives and giving older people a chat to look forward to in a lonely week.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales. This donation is part of their strategic partnership with Age UK to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people.

“The loneliness and neglect that many of our Silver Line callers experience is simply heart-breaking. A Christmas box of goodies is way of reassuring them that they have not been forgotten, that they are valued, and that we are thinking of them over Christmas. I know what a huge difference these gifts will make, and I am truly grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, for making them possible.” Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of The Silver Line

“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to bring a little Christmas cheer to the older people who’ve been calling The Silver Line. Being alone is difficult, but it’s especially hard during the festive season. Letting them know that someone is thinking of them at this special time is hugely important.” David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation

Pictured: Bob, a caller to The Silver Line