"At Christmas, I would peel the spuds and Deirdre would do the cooking."

Peter's world changed when Deirdre, his wife of 55 years, developed dementia. The first Christmas after her death left him completely lost without her

"I was alone. It was like she was there, but not there, which broke my heart. Christmas was especially hard, bringing back memories of happier times."


In the UK, 3.64 million people over the age of 65 live alone and Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year. By donating to our Christmas Appeal today, you can help fund friendship visits to more lonely older people like Peter-- whom we introduced to Fiona.

 "Even now, if I feel down, Fiona really lifts my spirits. She seems to understand me, which is lovely. It's a joy when she arrives at the house."