It's the Telegraph’s charity phone-in day TODAY: please call us and help us  make a real difference this Christmas

It’s the Telegraph’s charity phone-in day on Sunday: please help us to make a real difference this Christmas
To donate, all you have to do is call our special number: 0800 117 118

As you may have seen, over the past few weeks we have been publishing stories about three amazing British charities – Leukaemia Care, Wooden Spoon and The Silver Line – the beneficiaries of this year’s Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal.

Today is the most critical day of our annual appeal. It’s our phone-in day, when we invite you, our generous readers, to call in and speak to Telegraph writers and editors, and pledge a donation to one or all of our charities.

All you have to do is call our special number: 0800 117 118.

Writers such as Allison Pearson, Charles Moore, Judith Woods, Robbie Collin, Bryony Gordon, Brian Moore, Neil McCormick, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin, Tim Stanley, Philip Johnston and Celia Walden will be on hand to take your calls, as well as cartoonist Matt and editor Chris Evans.

Telegraph cartoonist Matt at the Telegraph's previous Christmas phone-in Credit: David Rose

Last year, thanks to your generosity, we raised over £85,000 on our phone-in day alone, and this year we would like you to help us raise even more.    

The Silver Line, a 24-hour support service for lonely elderly people all over the UK, desperately needs money to recruit more individuals to staff its helpline. Around 1.2 million older people in Britain are believed to be struggling with severe loneliness and chronic ­isolation. 

The Silver Line receives over 10,000 calls per week from older people, with ­almost 70 per cent of those calls made at night and at weekends, when other services are closed. With your donations, the charity will be able to provide friendship and practical support to even more people.

People like Bob Lowe, who experienced severe loneliness following the death of his wife, Kath, after 65 years of marriage. “Loneliness covers so many other emotions like grief, fear, despair... the fear of falling, or the fear of being alone,” Bob told us recently.

Or people like widow Peggy Weaver, for whom the charity has become a lifeline. “I hate the mornings the most. I hate waking up in this flat all alone,” she told us. “It makes all the difference to hear a friendly voice.”

The charity Wooden Spoon desperately needs more money, too. Working with Britain’s rugby community, including local clubs and former professional players, it provides funding for vital projects around the UK, from hospital equipment for sick children to sports equipment for disabled youngsters, to life-improving initiatives for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Your money could go towards projects that will help young people like Grace Capaldi, who was left paralysed after a car accident, and who was introduced to wheelchair rugby at a centre supported by Wooden Spoon. “Wheelchair rugby has made me feel truly alive again,” she told us.

Finally, the charity Leukaemia Care desperately needs money to provide practical support to families and individuals affected by a blood cancer diagnosis, and to help raise public awareness of the symptoms of this potentially fatal disease. 

Almost 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with leukaemia each year, and it is the most common of all childhood cancers. Your donations could help more people like  Nicky Turkoz, whose only hope of surviving after being diagnosed with leukaemia was an anonymous stem-cell donation. 

Thanks to Leukaemia Care, she and her stem cell donor, Annette Hamson, have not only gone on to meet, but have become close friends.

We will be publishing dozens more stories about our three charities in the run-up to Christmas and throughout January. So if you are not able to call us on Sunday 1st December to make a donation, you may still do so by visiting telegraph.co.uk/charity any time before 31st January.

Remember, your donation really does a make a big difference. On behalf of Bob, Peggy, Grace and Nicky, and thousands of others whose lives have been improved by the extraordinary work of these charities, we thank you in advance, and look forward to speaking to you on Sunday.

The Telegraph's charity phone-in day is running today - Sunday 1st December - from 10am to 6pm. Call 0800 117 118 to make a donation