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The Duchess of Cornwall in video plea

The Duchess of Cornwall has urged people to tackle the ‘scourge of loneliness’ among the elderly, which has worsened considerably due to the lockdown.

In a video message in support of Silver Sunday – the national holiday of the elderly – which takes place on October 4, Camilla called on the nation to call a grandparent, send a card to an elderly relative or organize a virtual event to break the silence. a lot of face.

The Duchess has warned that more than a million older people can go more than a month without speaking to a friend, neighbor or family member.

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Camilla, who is the godmother of a number of charities that support the elderly, including the Royal Volunteer Service and The Silver Line, said Silver Sunday was more important than ever this year in the fight in course against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Since 2012, the first Sunday in October has been Silver Sunday, the national holiday for the elderly,” the Duchess said.

“It’s a day that gives all of us the opportunity to focus on the contributions of older people to our communities and to our society. ”

She added: “This year will of course be very different, with most of the events taking place virtually, rather than in the flesh.

“Silver Sunday is therefore more important than ever.

“Its aim is to tackle the scourge of loneliness that affects so many people and which, sadly, has grown dramatically in the last few months of the lockdown.

“Over a million seniors say they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbor or family member.

“Silver Sunday is a great time to break the silence so many live in, perhaps with a phone call to a grandparent, a card to an elderly neighbor, or by hosting your own virtual event.

The national Silver Sunday campaign is supported by hundreds of organizations across the UK that provide free activities for older people suffering from loneliness and isolation to help them socialize, get active and learn something about new.

Camilla, 73, added: “As a member of Silver Sunday’s target audience, I can honestly say this is a completely brilliant initiative. ”

This year, it will focus on virtual events and socially remote outdoor activities to protect older beneficiaries who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 disease.

Plans include a chair dance challenge, an all-day dancer, a Cantonese opera workshop, as well as open-air museum tours, walking groups, and boat trips.

Information on Silver Sunday 2020 activities is available at https://silversunday.org.uk/.

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