Elderly alone at Christmas

As millions of Britain's elderly are struggling to stay warm in the cold spell, new research reveals that a quarter of a million pensioners will spend Christmas alone.

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Third of elderly 'feel lonely'

One third of elderly people are said to be lonely Credit: ITV News

It is estimated that over three million older people are lonely in the UK and it’s predicted that figure could easily double as the population ages and welfare cuts start to bite.

Older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons, two leading charities have said.

On average we're all just 126 steps or 65 metres - from someone aged 65 or over who is feeling lonely, the report added.

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