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Help this 84-year-old man track down a friend he made in a south-east London hospital

Kyra Hanson

Loneliness is a feeling many Londoners will encounter at some stage in their lives, but it's keenly felt by the older generation. The Campaign to End Loneliness suggests that 7 percent of older people in the UK are lonely.

Meet Donald: a former commercial artist, now 84 and disabled, Donald has seen all his friends die over the years, which has understandably left him feeling rather lonely. But all this changed when Donald was admitted to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital where he met Ian, a policeman in his fifties from Dartford with three daughters. Donald was in the Hillyers Ward undergoing vascular surgery on July 4 and 5 when he met Ian.

He says there was an instant connection and the pair exchanged numbers, but unfortunately they lost contact. Donald missed Ian's call and lost his number and now he's on a mission to find him again. 

Donald's daughter Julianne told ITV news: 'My dad just won't let it go, he's just lonely and he needs a friend. My dad used to be a commercial artist and can't get up to London anymore but just wants someone to call once a week.' 

She said she's tried calling the hospital but without a surname they say they can't help, but can you? If you think you know Ian, get in touch so we can reunite them.

Read Nell Frizzell's column on why being alone doesn't have to be lonely

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