Brechin man speaks out about loneliness

Pictured is Jimmy during his interview
Pictured is Jimmy during his interview

A Brechin man has spoken out to a national audience about loneliness in older men, and the enjoyment of being part of Contact-the-Elderly.

Jimmy Mitchell (90) volunteered to speak to Sky News after the broadcaster approached Contact-the-Elderly for a suitable interviewee.

Jimmy was asked about a recent survey which found that many older men who lived on their own were very lonely, but tended not to tell anyone. He said he was luckier than most, as he went to Brechin Baptist Fellowship Church, where he had made friends who sometimes popped by to visit.

He also spoke about being a member of Contact-the-Elderly, saying he finds that the monthly outings the charity provides fills a big gap in his life, and he enjoys meeting up with all the guests and volunteers.

During his interview, Jimmy was also asked about his 20 years in the RAF, during which he served in Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia and other parts of the Middle East.

When asked what Remembrance Day had meant to him, he pointed out that for those who served in the forces, every day was remembrance.

Contact-the-Elderly, which will celebrate its 50th birthday next April, is dedicated to alleviating loneliness in the elderly.

Volunteers drive the guests to a volunteer host’s home for afternoon tea on one Sunday a month.

Anyone interested in volunteering should either go onto the website contact-the-elderly.org.uk or ‘phone Jean Malcolm on 01356 660238.