A CHARITY is appealing for someone to come forward and give their time in a bid to banish loneliness. 

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, a small national charity supporting retired civil servants, provides charitable friendship services to its beneficiaries.

One service it runs is a national befriending scheme that provides a home or telephone contact with those experiencing loneliness or social isolation in later life.

They are looking to recruit a new volunteer befriender to provide a visit to a beneficiary in Romsey. 

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David Tickner, chief executive, said the charity would like to hear from anyone who thinks they can help. 

He said: "All volunteers are trained, DBS and reference checked before being matched and travel expenses are renumerated.

"More information can be found online at  csrf.org.uk/befriendingservices or call 0800 160 1075."