£10m Lottery grant to Blackpool charity to run dry

A charity that provides a friendly ear to lonely older people is in need of cash.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 11:24 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 12:32 pm
Dame Esther Rantzen

The Silver Line, which is based in Blackpool, is the only confidential free helpline for elderly people in the UK.

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Its founder, Dame Esther Rantzen, has now said that the service’s £10m Lottery grant will run out in September.

The charity receives 10,000 phone calls each week.

Dame Esther, 78, told The Express: “We urgently need funds to meet demand which is growing exponentially. We have become the emergency service for older people so the last thing we want to do is reduce the service.”