Thank you for being by our side at this challenging time. You’ve helped us connect isolated older people across the country, despite the restrictions of lockdown.

These recent months have been like no other, with the coronavirus crisis forcing millions of older people to stay home. It’s simply been the greatest test in our 157-year history.

The good news is that we’ve all risen to the challenge. Volunteers, staff and supporters have responded with incredible speed and passion: for example, calls to older people from our telephone volunteers have tripled since the end of March. I’m just so proud of our team, and so thankful to committed, caring people like you for making it all possible. It means we’ve been able to reach out in friendship to thousands of older people, making sure they have the support they need – people like June, whose inspiring story you can read on page 5.

At this difficult time, it’s so important to stay in touch with friends and family. One way to do this is to take part in our new virtual fundraising quiz, BrainTeasers. Why not try a few of the puzzles on the inside back cover of the magazine? It’s a great way to keep active and share precious time with friends.

Once again, thank you for helping at this critical time. I hope you feel proud of your support, enjoy reading the stories inside, and that you and yours stay safe and healthy in the months to come.