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Willis Towers Watson employees select The Silver Line as their new UK charity partner

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Willis Towers Watson’s UK employees have selected The Silver Line as their national charity partner in the UK for 2018 and 2019...

The Silver Line was chosen by way of a staff vote and the partnership will cover all 6,500 staff in 19 offices across the country who will support the charity through a range of volunteering and fundraising activities.

 

The Silver Line provides a free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people and is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

 

Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line said: "I am delighted that Willis Towers Watson has selected us as national charity partner for two years. Loneliness amongst older people is not always a cause that resonates with people and is sometimes simply seen as a consequence of being older. It is therefore particularly special to us for our charity and important cause to have been selected through a staff vote. We look forward to this important partnership and making a true difference to the older people that we support.”

 

Nicolas Aubert, Head of Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson added: “Retirement is a huge life event. At Willis Towers Watson we know first-hand about the importance of financial planning for retirement. But one thing you don’t plan for is the social and emotional impact of stopping work which can include loss of a sense of identity, alongside workplace friends and colleagues – factors which are known to contribute to feelings of loneliness among retirees.

 

“Over 2,500 UK colleagues took part in a vote to select our charity partner and clearly the extraordinary and affecting work carried out by The Silver Line in helping to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people touched a nerve with our colleagues. I look forward to working closely with The Silver Line team in the coming years to support their efforts in addressing an issue which ultimately affects us all.”