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Free friendship phone service for older people launched

25 November 2013 Last updated at 19:58 GMT

A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched by campaigner and broadcaster Esther Rantzen.

The Silver Line aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers.

The phone line is funded by a £5m grant from the lottery fund.

Danny Savage reports.

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