Come on chaps, the WRVS needs you! Charity calls for male members to befriend lonely pensioners

Come on chaps, the WRVS needs you! Why the women's voluntary service wants men to join upWRVS launched search for members to befriend male pensionersStudy found more than a third of men over 75 battle lonelinessWRVS believes issue may be alleviated by recruiting male volunteers who can be companions to the over-75s By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 01:52 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:46 GMT, 4 February 2013 Alone: The charity started the search for volunteers to befriend pensioners after a study found more than a third of men over 75 battle loneliness (file picture) A football match or a busy pub are perhaps not the first places you’d expect to find would-be volunteers for the WRVS. But that’s exactly where a manhunt for members to befriend male pensioners may take an organisation which is often identified with women’s flower arranging or tea afternoons. The WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Services) has launched the search after a study found that more than a third of men over 75 – around 200,000 – battle loneliness and spend 12 hours a day or even more on their own.

Children aged just three will be given kindles and iPads this Christmas as their parents upgrade leaving toymakers worried

Children aged just three will be given kindles and iPads this Christmas as their parents upgrade leaving toymakers worried Toymakers Mattel and Hasbro said to be 'terrified' by trendAmount of time children dedicate to gadgets has rocketed | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 24 December 2012 iPads and Kindles are said to be more in demand than traditional children's toys such as Mattel's Barbie dolls The toys have been well and truly thrown out of the pram this year as children's Christmas lists are dominated by iPads and Kindles, analysts said. Top toymakers Mattel and Hasbro are said to be 'terrified' at the thought that children no longer plump for traditional presents such as dolls and toy cars, but rather the latest technological gadgets, including iPads and Kindles. 'Up against tech groups that make such engaging entertainment, toymakers cannot compete', said managing director of equity research at Needham & Company, an investment banking firm

The world"s most expensive gifts: From the glass pool table to the 3,400 coffee beans, what the really rich will get this Christmas

The world's most expensive gifts: From the glass pool table to the 3,400 coffee beans, what the really rich will get this Christmas | UPDATED: 23:21 GMT, 20 December 2012 While most of us will be happy with a DVD, t-shirt or perhaps a nice new watch from our loved ones this year, the uber-rich will be expecting a little bit more as they unwrap their presents while sipping Kristal Champagne in front of the Queen's Speech. 'If in doubt, sprinkle it in diamonds' appears to be the rallying call of the upmarket manufacturers and boutiques catering to the whims of the international jet set this Christmas. From a 20,000 bejewelled USB stick (perfect for the billionaire tech genius in your life), to a solid gold pen that comes with an eye-watering 60,000 price tag, MailOnline takes a peek under the wrapping paper of the one per cent.

Shrien Dewani: Honeymoon murder suspect given 6 months "to recover" from shock of his wife Anni"s death

Fury as honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani is given six months 'to recover' from shock of his wife's death Dewani, 33, is being treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder while facing extradition to South AfricaThe court heard that he has 'adapted poorly' to treatmentHe is accused of ordering the murder of his wife Anni Dewani on their honeymoon in Cape TownHis extradition has been halted as he is suffering severe mental disorders | UPDATED: 11:19 GMT, 4 December 2012 'Husk of a man': Shrien Dewani has 'adapted poorly' to treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder as he faces extradition to South Africa to face charges of his wife's murder The family of tragic honeymoon bride Anni Dewani have reacted with fury after the husband accused of her murder was given six more months to recover from the shock of her death.