More than half of adults in solitary & # 39; Suffolk and Norfolk afraid of being detected if something happened to them, a study showed.
The Red Cross asked 4,000 adults across the two counties are as feel – with almost half (48%) said always, often or sometimes feel lonely.
Of those who said they were solitary, 67% said it was having a negative effect on their lives while 70% worry that their loneliness will worsen.
The Red Cross is in desperate need of & # 39; volunteers are urging anyone with & # 39; free time to visit people who are living alone.
One man who benefited from the charitable work is John Raven of & # 39; 83 years from Woodbridge.
Mr Raven enjoyed a colorful career as a dancer and ballet teacher – who was on the stage during the 70 and 80 years and train others to slide, including Bonnie Langford.
But he left his wife alone three years ago when his wife Peggy.
"The loneliness is the worst thing for me," he said.
"Especially when I go to bed at night and forget that Peggy ħdejt me.
"Things like her perfume – I did not think about it when she was living, but I forget now."
Mr Raven recently iddenda three weeks in Ipswich Hospital and home care Lodge Bluebirds having suffered a neck injury.
"I felt a lot to get & # 39; back home," he said.
"But I did not think how much more lonely after I have people around me all the time in the hospital."
Mr. Raven was referred to the Service & # 39; to the British Red Cross Home Support which led to visits by employee Pat Fisher.
"I do not think that loneliness will never go completely," said Mr. Raven. "But Pat help me to live with him."
Mark Bradley, Manager of Independent Living Service in the British Red Cross said they were in desperate need of & # 39; volunteers to carry out their good work.
"We need to b & # 39; more volunteers to help us urgently nissappoġġjaw most vulnerable people in winter", he said.
"If you kumpassjonata and practical person with little time and want to make a real difference to people in your local community, we have to love to hear from you."
To find out more call 01473 219260 or kindness test for 70 141 to give £ 5 to the cause.