Charity calls for more Champions

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A fundraising group that raises money for charity has a new name.

Age UK Northamptonshire Companions is the new name for the fundraising group that will help Age UK raise vital funds for older people in the county.

The Mayor of Northampton will officially mark the launch of “Companions” at the Guildhall on Tuesday, October 1, from 10am-2pm.

The event will tell people about the valuable services the charity offers, hear real-life stories from the charity’s clients about how they have improved their quality of life and give people the chance to sign-up to become an Age UK Northamptonshire Companion.

The beauty of becoming a ‘Companion’ is that there is a very low level of commitment needed from you but a high return for the older people the charity serves in Northamptonshire.

Where do your talents lie? If you’re good at something, make some money out of it. For example, dog-walking, car-washing, gardening, odd jobs, babysitting and making greetings cards.

Whatever it may be the charity wants you to get on-board and help raise funds for those who are perhaps suffering from isolation, can’t afford to get out and socialise, need a friend or perhaps have no one else but the carer to see them on a daily basis.

Fundraiser Susie Davies said: “I have worked for Age UK Northamptonshire now for 10 years and I have had so much support from the community and know people who in my eyes are already Companions.

“But we now feel it’s time to get those like-minded people together to create a community where people feel they are really a part of a family where they can share ideas and work together, all for the greater good of older people in Northamptonshire.”

Liam Condron, chief officer of Age UK Northamptonshire, said: “We rely so heavily on volunteers to help us in the day-to-day work of caring for older people.

“Not everyone can make that regular commitment but you can still help in our important work. Becoming a Companion is something that everyone of every age can get involved in and have some fun whilst raising money for the charity.

“As a community, we must make life better for older people and we hope the people of Northamptonshire get behind us and really help us to make this work.”

If you would like to attend Susie Davies at susie.davies@acnorthants.org.uk or call 01604 611200.

For more information about Age UK Northamptonshire’s services call 01604 611200, or visit www.acnorthants.org.uk