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One in five older people in the UK are in contact with friends, family and neighbours less than once a week.

For one in 10 it’s less than once a month.

At Independent Age, the older people’s charity, we are trying to change that, and we need help from residents in the North East.

From October 1 to 8, we are inviting everyone to join us in hosting a Big Tea event, raising vital funds to help end loneliness and enabling us to provide even better information, advice and support for older people and their families.

A Big Tea event could be anything from a simple cake sale to a big tea party involving the whole community.

You could even bring treats into school or work and ask for a small donation.

Raising just £50 will help us provide a day’s training for a volunteer to support a lonely older person.

Every penny really does make a difference and you don’t need to raise a minimum amount to take part.

Independent Age offers regular contact, a strong campaigning voice and free, and impartial advice on the issues that matter to older people – care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

We are independent so older people can be too.

It’s really easy to take part in the Big Tea.

Just sign up at www.independentage.org/big-tea-press or call 0207 605 4288 to receive your free fundraising pack and help us make a difference to older people’s lives.

Gillian Claugher,

Associate Director for Fundraising,

Independent Age,

C/o Avonmore Road,

London.