A charity that provides a vital lifeline for elderly people has issued a desperate plea for volunteers to help it survive.
Contact the Elderly is a charity which organises monthly tea parties for pensioners in Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith, Fulham and Westminster.
But the Kensington and Chelsea branch, which helps residents throughout west London, may be forced to close unless it finds more drivers to take pensioners to its events.
Coordinator and trustee Sarah Reed of Fitzjames Avenue, West Kensington, explained: "We are struggling on, but trying to find drivers is like trying to find a very small needle in a very large haystack. The people we help are the very frail, the oldest of our population. It gives them a lifeline.
"Without it they would be living in virtual solitary confinement. For them, the tea party is a really massive thing."
Development officer Janice Telfer said: "The shortage of drivers and hosts could lead to the closure of this group."
One pensioner who looks forward to the Sunday events is Hammersmith resident Kate Milton, 95.
Mrs Reed explained: "She lives in very isolated circumstances with no social care or meals-on-wheels. Her husband died some years ago, she has no brothers and sisters and she didn't have any children."
Volunteers are needed to drive pensioners to the parties once or twice every two months. Extra volunteers are also wanted to hold the parties once a year. Similar groups in Hammersmith, Fulham and Westminster also need help.
If you want to help email info@ contact-the-elderly.org.uk or call 020 7240 0630.