A free dial-a-hymn hotline received more than 106,000 calls in just over four weeks.

Daily Hope offers well-known hymns, prayers and worship services from the Church of England. Launched in April by Surrey mother Pippa Cramer and backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the 24/7 phone line is aimed at older people who aren’t online.

Pippa, 51, said: “My prayer has been that thousands would come to hear the good news of Jesus, and experience his love amid the uncertainty and the fear at this time.”

The initiative grew out of Pippa’s Connections group at Holy Trinity Claygate, Surrey, one of the UK’s largest weekly gatherings for seniors.

“An extraordinary opportunity to share God’s comfort and hope”

Archbishop Welby commented: “It’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.”

The phone line’s success has been covered by national media, including The Guardian and ITV News.

To listen to Daily Hope, dial 0800 804 8044.

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