Over 50s group scoops a huge £250k funding boost

Elderberries, based at The Alnwick Garden.
Elderberries, based at The Alnwick Garden.
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A project which aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness of the over-50s has scooped a huge grant.

Elderberries, based at The Alnwick Garden, has been given £250,000 by the Stuart Halbert Foundation.

The news was made public last week when it was also announced that SSAFA, based in Northumberland, received £25,000.

On Elderberries, The Duchess of Northumberland said: “The funding will make a huge difference in helping us to deliver valuable services to the community.

“Isolation and loneliness are common themes among older members of society and will become an even greater concern as the population continues to age. Northumberland has a higher proportion of people aged over 55 than in the rest of England and the Elderberries programme aims to promote a healthy, more-fulfilled quality of life for these important members of society.”

SSAFA’s principle is ‘The ready help of friends to friends’.

Major Brian Finlayson, of SSAFA, said: “The Northumberland branch of SSAFA is one of 92 branches nationwide. It is essential that we have ‘friends’ to offer all financial assistance to help our volunteers support members of our forces and their families. I would like to thank the Stuart Halbert Foundation for its wonderful donation, which will enable us to help those that serve or have served.”