Loneliness calls rise during hot summer

Esther Rantzen
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A charity which helps the elderly is calling on older people not to suffer loneliness in silence during the summer.

Blackpool-based Silver Line which was launched by Dame Esther Rantzen in 2013, operates the UK’s only free and confidential 24/7 
helpline to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people aged 55 and over.

Chief executive Sophie Andrews, chief executive of Silver Line, said: “The current spate of extremely hot weather 
has led to a surge in the number of callers to our 24/7 helpline as older people feel trapped in their homes – indeed July 2 was our busiest day ever since launch with 1,875 calls.”