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Over half of lonely adults in Norfolk and Suffolk fear something will happen to them and no one will notice, new research finds


By Lynn News Reporter


More than half of adults who feel lonely in Norfolk and Suffolk fear something will happen to them and no one will notice.

That's according to new research released by the British Red Cross.

The Red Cross polled more than 4,000 UK adults and found that about half – 48 per cent – of people in the two counties feel always, often or sometimes lonely.

British Red Cross volunteer helping gentleman out of home. PHOTOGRAPHER John Eccles/British Red Cross. (5591742)
British Red Cross volunteer helping gentleman out of home. PHOTOGRAPHER John Eccles/British Red Cross. (5591742)

The findings of the research suggest a lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people's feelings of loneliness and isolation as in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Three in ten people say they often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to, and of those who were lonely, 67 per cent said their loneliness is having a negative impact on their life and 70 per cent worry their loneliness will get worse.

Last year the British Red Cross supported over 291,600 people in crisis across the UK giving them someone they could turn to in their hour of need.

In Norfolk and Suffolk, the charity urgently needs more volunteers who can spare some time to visit people coping with loneliness and other issues in their homes.

To find out more, contact 01473 219260 or visit www.redcross.org.uk/connect.



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