WITH an ever-growing older population, residents in Fareham and Gosport are being urged to support those who may be facing later life alone.
The Age UK store in West Street, Fareham, is encouraging customers to sign up to its pledge card scheme, promising to support the charity in providing much- needed services for the elderly.
As the country’s leading charity for the older generations, Age UK knows how vital it is to provide the elderly with someone to turn to in times of need.
Research carried out by the national charity found that more than three million people over the age of 65 felt they did not have anywhere to go when they needed help, and 39 per cent of pensioners said they felt lonely and forgotten.
Manager of the store, Donna Wilkins, is urging people in Fareham and Gosport to come into the store and pledge their support to the charity, whether it be through donating unwanted items, signing up to be an in-store volunteer or just pledging some money to help the charity to continue providing companionship for the elderly.
Donna said: ‘Sadly, far too many older people feel that they have no one to turn to.
‘This is why we are calling on the people of Fareham and Gosport to pledge their support.
‘By donating your unwanted items, or time or cash, it will help Age UK raise much-needed funds to provide companionship, advice and support for older people across the country.’
All the money raised will help shop volunteers to provide assistance services to older people in the area.
Volunteers organise lunch clubs for people over 65 to socialise with like-minded people, provide home safety checks, carry out vital campaign work on a national scale and run a free advice line which is open 24 hours a day.
‘Every little helps, even if it is unwanted clothes, accessories, gifts, toys or household items.
‘We can recycle them and donate them to a new home,’ added Donna.
To make a pledge simply visit your local Age UK store and pick up a card.