Sign petition to help lonely older people

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CHARITY shops in Fareham and Gosport are asking the public to support a campaign which aims to tackle the huge numbers of older people who are facing Christmas alone.

Age UK has launched its ‘No-one should have no-one at Christmas’ campaign after figures showed that more than one million older people said they had not spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for over a month.

The charity shops, in West Street, Fareham and High Street, Gosport, are asking people to sign the charity’s petition calling on the government to recognise loneliness as a health problem and to take action to help tackle it.

It aims to reach a national target of 100,000 signatures that will trigger a debate in Parliament.

The charity also urged people to donate unwanted items at its shops. For more go to ageuk.org.uk/christmas