Thanks to a couple in Claygate in the South of England, millions of isolated elderly people now have a free phone line offering well-known hymns, prayers and worship services from the Church of England.
Those benefiting from a new Daily Hope free phone line – on 0800 804 8044 – include more than three million elderly with no access to the internet.
The round-the-clock service is the idea of Pippa Cramer, 51. She leads Connections, one of the UK’s largest weekly gatherings for senior citizens based at Holy Trinity Claygate.
Pippa explains, “I was aware that more than half of those over 75 cannot use the internet to access the comfort offered through the worship churches are providing online. But I also knew almost all had a telephone and that this could be the answer.”
As a result, Pippa contacted Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – an enthusiastic supporter of Connections at Holy Trinity Claygate following his visit five years earlier. He also saw the need for a free phone line. Less than five weeks later Daily Hope was launched, with more than 6,000 calls in its first 48 hours.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Peter Wooding