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Red Cross reaches out to the elderly spending Christmas alone


For many frail, elderly and disabled people, Christmas is one of the loneliest times of the year – so this year Red Cross is reaching out.

Their national network of Telecross volunteers makes phone calls to over 4,000 clients every day, including Christmas Day, to check on their wellbeing.

“For people who have limited contact with family or friends, a phone call from Red Cross on Christmas Day makes a world of difference. It’s especially important at Christmas, which can be a really tough time for many people,” NSW State Lead Social Inclusion, Lona Kuchey says.

Around two-thirds of its calls go to people aged over 80 with another 27 per cent to people aged between 65 and 80.

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Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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