Charity worker Terrance’s story has been widely spread across the media and social media channels to help promote Age UK’s work providing companionship to older people at Christmas.
Age UK has seen a surge in support after one of its befrienders, who revealed he had spent the last 20 years alone at Christmas, became a social media and TV star.
The charity’s 78-year-old volunteer Terrance appeared widely on social media and television in the run up to Christmas after he detailed his work for the charity as a befriender to a 90-year old lady with dementia.
He struck a chord with social media users and viewers after with his revelation that he had spent Christmas alone for the last 20 years.
The charity says that Terrace “has taken the nations hearts” adding that “we think it’s amazing how many of you have offered to help support older people in reaction to our brilliant volunteer, Terrance”.
“It was Age UK that saved me.” 💜
— Age UK (@age_uk)>
“It was Age UK that saved me.” \uD83D\uDC9C— Age UK (@age_uk) December 19, 2019
Terrence has taken the nations hearts after his recent interview on @BBCBreakfast with @mrdanwalker.
Find out more about Terrence, and the volunteer work we've done with him: https://t.co/tQYPu2zV3R pic.twitter.com/gbaYz6nDGD
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, who interviewed Terrance, tweeted about the 78-year-old’s story and shared a clip of his interview. This was retweeted more than 600 times and received 6,600 likes.
An update: Terrence is blown away by all the support and love. He has some new friends. The @OldhamCollege students stayed at his house and shared a ‘chippy tea’ with him 👏
| />Your messages are amazing. Thank you 🙏🏻
Merry Christmas🎄 #BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/aHvyc7p1SS
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalkine|p;
An update: Terrence is blown away by all the support and love. He has some new friends. The @OldhamCollege students stayed at his house and shared a ‘chippy tea’ with him \uD83D\uDC4F\uD83C\uDFFB\uD83D\uDE02— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) December 12, 2019
Your messages are amazing. Thank you \uD83D\uDE4F\uD83C\uDFFB
Merry Christmas\uD83C\uDF84 #BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/aHvyc7p1SS
Meanwhile, Age UK is also promoting its work using ‘canine companions’ who are helping with the charity’s work supporting older people with memory loss.
It’s latest video on its Youtube channel highlights how chihuahua and Louie the shih-tzu are bringing joy to those with dementia as part of the work of Age UK Trafford.