Nearly a quarter of a million people in Britain aged over 75 will spend Christmas alone because their children are too busy, a study has found.
The majority of over-75 years old (61 percent) have not told their children that they are lonely, mostly because they do not want to bother them.
Around 230,000 people said they will spend the holiday alone, the Daily Express cited the study by the charity WRVS as saying.
It said children were too busy to visit over 360,000 people aged over 75 years at any time.
Almost half of the elderly (48 percent) are visited just once every two to six months.
The report said older people who are visited once a month or less are twice as likely to feel lonely as those who see their children every day.