Fiona Phillips is raising awareness of loneliness this Christmas
I was completely taken aback by know it affected me - there was nothing to get up for
– Fiona Phillips
It’s no surprise that the festive season can make people living alone feel all the more isolated. According to a leading charity, Britain is in the grip of a loneliness epidemic, and it’s sadly not set to go away.
This morning we were joined by TV presenter Fiona Phillips who took part in an experiment where she spent five days on her own. The aim was to see how it would impact her life.
Fiona explained to Good Morning Britain how quickly the sense of isolation brought her mood down.
“I’ve always liked my own company. But I was completely taken aback how it affected me,'' she said. "I felt severed from my family, and it was physically painful.”
Going on to speak about the scale of the problem, she added: “No one really wants to talk to anybody anymore. Everyone is too busy and this is the problem. Nearly half of over 75s are living on their own now, and it really is becoming an epidemic.”
Fiona urged people to engage with the older generation this Christmas. “If you know someone in your street who looks lonely, just knock on their door and check in.”