A charity is calling for support from people in Merton as it launched its winter campaign to highlight the issue of loneliness in later life.

According to Age UK, 8,000 elderly people suffer from loneliness across Merton and this feeling is far more prevalent in winter months.

The charity launched the campaign on November 28 to highlight simple ways people and organisations can give to help the charity to combat isolation.

Age UK Ambassador, councillor Brenda Fraser said: “I see on a daily basis the great work that they are doing to target this hidden epidemic.”

Based in the Elmwood Centre in Mitcham, Age UK Merton is appealing for donations and volunteers to help them fight isolation across the borough.

Rob Clarke, Chief Executive of Age UK Merton said: “We aim to bring people together to create connection, enjoyment and hope for the future.”

To volunteer or donate visit the website at www.ageuk.org.uk/merton/get-involved/volunteer/