The country’s leading charity for older people has announced its winter plans


Stars come out for Age UK’s Love Christmas concert

Age UK’s glittering Christmas Carol concert, Love Christmas, will be taking place at Cadogan Hall, London, on Thursday 8th December.

Hosted by TV’s Penny Smith, and with a star studded cast of celebrities, the yuletide celebrations will include seasonal readings from Dame Barbara Windsor DBE, Amanda Redman MBE, Charles Dance OBE and Miriam Margolyes OBE, along with musical performances from Heather Small, the voice of M People, soprano Laura Wright, the ACM Gospel Choir and the London Gay Men’s Chorus, and a selection of heart-warming traditional Christmas carols. 

Money raised at Love Christmas will help Age UK make a crucial difference to the lives of older people. According to research by Age UK over a million people in the UK say they are lonely1. Age UK wants to combat this by providing companionship, advice and support for older people facing later life alone.

The event will take place on Thursday 8th December at 7pm at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ. Tickets are on sale now and prices start from £15 each with discounted tickets available for concession (children under 16 people aged 60 and over).

To book tickets, visit Age UK Love Christmas 

For further information, please call Age UK’s Events Team on 0203 033 1725 or email

Rothesay Life and Just Retirement Solutions are sponsors of the event.

No one should have no one at Christmas: December

With this year’s festive season fast approaching, Age UK is urging everybody to support its No one should have no one at Christmas campaign, aiming to raise awareness and tackle the heart-breaking fact that this time of year will be very lonely for many older people. A press release will be issued soon detailing more information on this year’s activity including latest statistics, case studies and images.

For more information in the meantime please contact Sarah Timms: / 020 3033 1204

Innocent’s biggest ever Big Knit for Age UK: December

2017’s Big Knit is set to be the biggest event yet, encouraging budding knitters to take part and help smash the target of two million miniature woolly hats. The colourful creations will adorn innocent smoothie bottles, and for each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to Age UK. We need knitters to get as many hats as possible sent in by January 31st, however this time, the smoothie bottles don’t go on sale until October 2017 so there’s even more time for knitters to keep sending hats in throughout the summer to help reach the bumper target.

For more information please contact Sarah Timms: / 020 3033 1204

Get Winter Wrapped Up: November

Age UK will be doing everything it can to help older people stay warm this winter with its Winter Wrapped Up guide, which offers practical advice on getting ready for the cold winter months. It includes tips on staying healthy, keeping the home warm and making it energy efficient.  There’s also a section to help people claim the benefits and concessions they may be entitled to and in the middle of the guide there’s a handy pull-out room thermometer. To request a free copy of the Winter Wrapped Up guide phone the Advice line on 0800 169 65.

For more information please contact Vicky Smith: / 020 3033 1682

Age UK Advice

Age UK helps over five million people with information and advice on a broad range of issues including benefits, housing, care and staying healthy. Age UK’s range of free, impartial information guides are available to view online and to download. As well as publishing guides and factsheets, the Charity offers essential support via its website and Age UK Advice line – a free and confidential advice line.

Age UK

We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances.  We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group (“we”).  Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity’s trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

About Rothesay Life

Rothesay Life was established in 2007 and has become one of the leading providers of regulated insurance solutions in the UK market for pensions de-risking, making payments of around £700m a year from over £18 billion of insurance contracts. In 2014, Rothesay Life received around £1.7 billion of bulk annuity premiums (2013: £1.6bn) and wrote seven deals over £100m, more than any other insurer in the sector. This strong growth has been achieved through the steady accumulation of pension scheme clients and significant strategic acquisitions.

Existing Rothesay Life clients include the pension schemes and members associated with such names as RSA, British Airways, Lehman Brothers, Rank, Uniq, General Motors, the MNOPF (Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund), InterContinental Hotels, Philips and GKN. 

Rothesay Life is a secure long-term provider of pensions, focused on

  • a flexible and committed approach to execution;
  • ongoing risk management to maintain balance sheet strength; and
  • robust operational processes.

Rothesay Life is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Rothesay Life

About Just Retirement Solutions

Just Retirement Solutions are one of the UK’s leading companies that specialise in Retirement Income Services, providing information, support and guidance. Just Retirement provides the Age UK Annuities and Equity Release Services.     

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