Fund-raising to help the elderly

A major fund-raising drive starts on Monday to help collect funds for a charity which aims to prevent loneliness among older people.

The WRVS is holding its nationwide Great Brew Break, which runs until Sunday, May 5.

The organisation plays an active and important role in Northumberland and funds raised in the county will stay in the county.

Laura-Beth Mayhew, of the WRVS, said: “Our services in Northumberland give hundreds of older people the opportunity and choice to live the life they want to every day and help them stay independent at home and active in their local community.

“WRVS services run throughout Northumberland, providing much-needed support and companionship to many older adults countywide.

“Our social centres, community transport and Good Neighbours Schemes are all volunteer-run, used by hundreds of older adults, and continue to grow in popularity.”

She said that the impact of loneliness on older adults is ‘huge’ and added: “Transport is always an issue throughout the country and Northumberland is no different.

“Northumberland is so vast that we will always have problems with social isolation, which will grow as the population ages, which is why WRVS services in the county are so valuable.”

Funds raised in the county during the Great Brew Break will go towards supporting the Tuesday Stroke Club, the two lunch clubs and the social/lunch club all run by the WRVS at St Paul’s Court, Alnwick.

Money will also be used to support the social/lunch clubs at Rothbury and Wooler – while others are being planned – the Good Neighbour Scheme and transport service.

Sainsbury’s, in Alnwick, has thrown its support behind the Brew and has arranged a special event on Tuesday, to be held between 2pm and 3pm.

Staff and volunteers will bake cakes, which will then be served to the public for a donation. The store will also provide tea and coffee.

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○ The WRVS, in its 75th year, is holding its first Cragside Challenge, in conjunction with Shepherds Walks, on Saturday, June 29. To take part, call 0845 266 8906.