In March 2015, Anne Reid – celebrated actress and Last Tango in Halifax star – presented an Independent Age fundraising appeal for BBC Radio 4.

The appeal focused on the “silent epidemic” of loneliness among older people and told the story of one of our members, Ron, who lost his wife two years ago. Ron became very lonely but, fortunately, got in touch with Independent Age and has since found good friends in his volunteer visitors and their families.

Anne, who’s 79, was delighted to give her time to help Independent Age raise funds for its work. She said, “The sad reality is that loneliness is a real issue for hundreds of thousands of older people. And often it’s because of circumstances beyond their control, like bereavement, illness, disability or poverty.

“On top of this, countless numbers of older people are in the dark about what support is available. Many are stuck at home, struggling with declining health or financial problems, unaware that they could get proper help… [Independent Age’s] work is so needed, now more than ever.”

The appeal aired on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday, 29 March and again on Thursday 2 April. If you missed the broadcast you can listen below to find out why Anne Reid supports Independent Age or watch our interview with Ron about his experiences. 

Help us help more people like Ron, please donate now.

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