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Contact the Elderly founder Trevor Lyttleton awarded honorary degree

Contact the Elderly founder Trevor Lyttleton receives honorary degree from Liverpool Hope University

Contact the Elderly founder Trevor Lyttleton receives honorary degree from Liverpool Hope University

Contact the Elderly founder Trevor Lyttleton MBE has been honoured by Liverpool Hope University for his lifelong commitment to alleviating loneliness and social isolation amongst older people.
On 22 July at a ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool, Lyttleton was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his work with Contact the Elderly. Trevor Lyttleton founded the charity in 1965 after being inspired to help an older lady living in his neighbourhood who was living alone. This act of providing an older person with much needed company became the framework of Contact the Elderly, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2015.
In front of an audience of attendees and graduates, Vice Chancellor Professor Pillay made a speech which paid tribute to Lyttleton, who he called a ‘remarkable individual.’
‘Liverpool Hope University was privileged to be the very first University to have a Contact the Elderly group,’ said Pillay. ‘None of this remarkable fifty year history of Contact the Elderly would have been possible without Trevor Lyttleton.’
In his speech, Lyttleton said: ‘It is a great privilege to receive an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University for founding and developing Contact the Elderly over the last 50 years. I proudly accept this on behalf of the many thousands of our dedicated volunteers, supporters and staff who made it possible.'
Lyttleton spoke about the humble beginnings of the charity which has grown steadily to now support over 4,600 older people across England, Scotland and Wales.
‘As most of you move on to busy and active lives from Liverpool Hope, please remember those without regular contact with family and friends for whom a little of your time can make a huge difference. By joining or setting up a Contact the Elderly group in your area, having fun driving away loneliness once a month, hosting an annual tea party or helping us in other ways.’
The setting of Liverpool Hope University was particularly special as it was the venue for Contact the Elderly's first university group. Mary Robinson, who was instrumental in establishing the Liverpool Hope group, was in attendance at the ceremony. The group has been running since 2013 and has provided many opportunities for intergenerational friendships to blossom between students and older guests. 
Trevor was praised alongside two other recipients of honorary doctorates: Pulitzer prize-winning author Dr Marilynne Robinson, and leading educationalist Professor Roger Brown.
Contact the Elderly is celebrating 50 years of combating loneliness with its Golden Jubilee concert which will be held in the historic St Paul’s Cathedral on October 29. An evening of choral and orchestral music and readings from special guests will celebrate all the charity has managed to achieve in its 50 years. Tickets are available here.

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