A county branch of a charity for the elderly is urging people to get involved in a fundraiser next month.
Age UK Northamptonshire is encouraging everyone in the county to organise a get-together for The Big Chinwag on or around Friday, June 20 to help end loneliness and raise vital funds for the charity.
The charity has invited people to take part in a variety of different ways, whether by catching up with friends and family at a tea party, challenging colleagues to try out their baking skills with an office cake sale or popping to the park with friends for a picnic.
Funds raised will go towards helping Age UK fight loneliness in later life, which is the cause of great sadness for many older people.
Research shows more than one million people aged 65 and over describe themselves as always or often feeling lonely, while 41 per cent say their TV or pet is now their main form of company.
Loneliness can seriously damage people’s health with some studies proving that feelings of loneliness can be equivalent to well-established risk factors such as obesity and smoking.
As circumstances change in later life some people are left feeling isolated and alone, perhaps from the loss of a loved one, moving into a new home or a lack of mobility.
Liam Condron, Chief Officer at Age UK Northamptonshire, said: “In true British tradition we don’t need much of an excuse to pop the kettle on and show off our baking skills.
“We’re asking people to make their daily chinwag extra special by fundraising to help us tackle loneliness which is stark reality for too many older people. Every penny really does count.”
Money raised from The Big Chinwag will help Age UK Northamptonshire tackle loneliness through a range of services such as lunch clubs and day centre activities including exercise classes, coffee mornings, as well as volunteering opportunities.
For further information on The Big Chinwag click here or call 01604 611200.
Older people and their families can get in touch with Age UK to see how the Charity could help someone who may be feeling lonely by calling Age UK Advice for free on 0800 169 65 65. People can also contact Age UK Northamptonshire on 0845 677 2220 for more information on the charity’s local services.