We believe that no one should have to spend Christmas alone. Last year we were unable to answer more than 5,000 calls due to the huge demand, but just £5 can enable us to answer a call from someone who needs us.

We want to challenge people of any age to foam up their face, Father Christmas style, so older people don’t have to spend Christmas home alone.

STEP ONE: Grab some shaving foam and create your very own Father Christmas beard.

STEP TWO: Post your photo or video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FoamAlone.

STEP THREE: Donate £5 to The Silver Line by texting FOAMALONE to 70660.

STEP FOUR: Nominate two of your friends to join in.

We need as many people as possible to get involved and share your pictures online using the hashtag #FoamAlone. We’re looking forward to seeing your photos and videos!

Here’s some example messaging for use on different platforms:

Twitter: I don’t think older people should spend Christmas alone so I’ve donated £5 to @TheSilverLineUK by texting FOAMALONE to 70660 #FoamAlone

Facebook/Instagram: I’m taking part in the #FoamAlone challenge because I don’t think any older person should spend Christmas alone. The Silver Line is the UK’s only 24 hour free and confidential helpline for vulnerable and isolated older people, open every day and night of the year.  Last Christmas more than 5,000 calls were left unanswered due to the huge demand. It costs just £5 for The Silver Line to answer a call. I’ve donated £5 by texting FOAMALONE to 70660. I’d now like to nominate x and x for the challenge. Ho Ho Ho!

If you’re unable to take part in #FoamAlone but would still like to donate, you can do so by using the widget at the top of this page. Your support can help us ensure that we can be there for everyone who needs us this Christmas.

Thank you. Let’s get #FoamAlone trending!