Michael Sheen: At 79, Jeffrey was alone – and there’s someone like him near you

I want to tell you about Jeffrey.

Jeffrey May is 79 and lives in Tonypandy, Wales. He lost his wife a year ago. They did everything together – walking, caravanning, even dancing. Yes, at their age!

Since Sylvia died Jeffrey, who has osteoarthritis and vertigo, has been feeling lost and lonely.

His little dog, Badger, keeps him company but life was transformed when Interlink Rhondda Cynon Taf and Royal Voluntary Service “Good Neighbours” offered support.

A volunteer has been on the phone regularly and Jeffrey’s looking forward to meeting up for a coffee and a proper chinwag once Covid restrictions allow.

I spoke to Jeffrey and he has one word for the way the charity has helped him: “Fantastic.”

In all likelihood, there’s somebody like Jeffrey in your area.

And you could be the one to bring an extra bit of happiness into their lives.

Mirror readers have always been fantastic in supporting campaigns like the Winter Great Get Together from the Jo Cox Foundation.

Loneliness is nothing new but lockdowns have made the crisis even more acute.

None of us enjoyed being cut off from company. Imagine how it would feel if your whole life was like that.

Which is why it’s brilliant that #ChristmasTogether is happening when it’s needed most.

I’m proud to be taking part and I hope you’ll join me.

This is going to be a Christmas like no other, at the end of a year like no other.

But we all have the power to make it better.

This is the time of year to think of others and truly make it a #ChristmasTogether.