Age Concern Eastbourne has launched its first crowd funding campaign to raise money needed to support its invaluable befriending service which aims to stop elderly people becoming isolated and lonely.
The charity, which provides a range of service at the Venton Centre in Junction Road in Eastbourne, is home to more than 22,000 people aged over 65 and around 3,000 of these people are lonely.
Age Concern Eastbourne claims loneliness causes premature death and is as bad for health as smoking and obesity.
The Eastbourne charity supports more than 200 lonely or frail people and more than 50 of them benefit from the befriending service.
A volunteer member of the befriending team visits a befriendee weekly to give friendship and support, as well as encouraging and supporting them to pursue social activities that they are interested in.
Age Concern also provides a Forget Me Not service which means a volunteer calls the isolated older person once a week to help brighten their day.
The charity also launched a new service earlier this year. called the Friendship Circle.
It is a drop in group that launched earlier this year.
A spokesperson from the charity said, “It’s held on Saturdays, is a relaxing way to meet new people and form new friendships.”
However, the charity needs the support of locals to continue its work and is appealing for donations.
The spokesperson added, “We need your help to continue this amazing work.
“Please donate whatever you can to the Befriending campaign.”
Donate £5 by texting ‘BEFR15 £5’ to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/ageconcern eastbourne
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