Helping elderly people over the festive season

Senior woman with her caregiver at home PPP-150203-142101001
Senior woman with her caregiver at home PPP-150203-142101001

Age UK East Sussex is asking people to check on elderly neighbours and other local older residents over the Christmas period and winter season.

The charity says every year many older people across East Sussex become seriously ill as a result of the winter and cold weather, with many facing loneliness and isolation.

The charity, which has an office in Hastings, helps older people claim the benefits they are entitled to, advises on reducing energy usage and informs them about suppliers offering a warm homes discount.

It also offers a companionship service to those in later life who are feeling isolated and lonely. Volunteers introduce clients to local clubs and interest groups where they can form new friendships and gain life- long support.

One of the clients, 79 year old Charlie, said: “I don’t know what I would do without the Day Club.”

Lizzy Chapman, from the charity, said: “You too can help by checking on elderly people as the weather turns cold.

“You can also help by making a donation to support our work.

“£45 can provide a place at our Day Clubs for a lonely older person.

“If you are over 62 you could also donate your Winter Fuel Allowance to Age UK East Sussex, if you feel you do not need it.

“Your donation will be used to support the range of vital local services helping older people who find themselves adversely affected by loneliness, illness or poverty.

To make a donation please call Lizzy Chapman on 01273 646808, or post a cheque made payable to Age UK East Sussex, to Lizzy Chapman, Fundraising Team, Age UK East Sussex, 54 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AN.

If you know someone who needs a little extra help, call the charity’s team on 01273 476704.

If you are a local older person and struggling to pay your fuel bills please call Age UK East Sussex on 01424 426162.

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