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we expect there to be significant interest in The Silver Line and an obvious first point of call for people to find out more is its website

Web hosting company, CatN, is providing its services free of charge to The Silver Line - - a new charity for older people that has been launched this week by TV presenter Esther Rantzen. CatN will host the charity’s website with web tools that have been designed to scale automatically to cope with significant spikes in traffic as awareness of The Silver Line grows.

There are 10 million older people over the age of 65 living in Britain today and 51 per cent of people over 75 live alone. Isolation and loneliness have a dramatically negative effect on older people, shortening their lives, creating depression, hastening the onset of dementia and causing physical effects such as malnutrition.

And yet there are many services around the country that can counteract these effects, if only older people were more easily linked into them. The Silver Line will help as a sign-posting service to link older and isolated people into the many and varied services that exist around the country, and will also work as a befriending service to combat loneliness.

“With The Silver Line providing such a vital service to older and lonely people, we were more than happy to volunteer our help and offer our web hosting services for the lifetime of the project,” says Joe Gardiner, Head of Hosting for CatN. “As the charity goes live, we expect there to be significant interest in The Silver Line and an obvious first point of call for people to find out more is its website.”

Looking at the charity’s web needs, CatN chose to provide its vCluster cloud hosting service which has been designed to scale automatically to cope with any spikes in traffic. It has also been optimised for PHP and WordPress - the system chosen to power The Silver Line website.

“We are very pleased to have CatN as a founding supporter providing the hosting for our website,” says Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line. “Our website is a key part of getting our message out to those who need our services and to those who would like to support us. Like The Silver Line’s free confidential helpline for older people, the website must be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we are grateful to CatN for making sure this happens.”

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