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Author: Age UK
Published on 01 October 2014 12:30 AM

Age UK is one of two charities who have been shortlisted for Candis Magazine’s Charity Challenge in October.

 

 

All members of the public can vote for their favourite charity on Candis’ website between 1st and 14th October here: http://www.candis.co.uk/charityvote/

If Age UK wins, we receive a donation of £10,000 towards our national befriending service – Call in Time – which will fund at least 1,500 friendship calls to help older people feel less lonely.

You can support us by voting for Age UK

And it couldn’t be easier, just go to: http://www.candis.co.uk/charityvote/  and cast your vote between 1st and 14th October.

Please also help us spread the word on 1st October.

Tweet: 
You can help @age_uk win £10K Just #VoteAgeUK in the Candis Charity Challenge today: http://www.candis.co.uk/charityvote/ 

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How Call in Time helped Barbara

Barbara suffered a double bereavement, losing both her husband and her daughter within a short period of time.

Barbara explains, 'I think the worst thing was the loneliness. I was very, very, very lonely, and very, very, very sad.

'I just survived day-to-day. It’s very difficult to explain. You just don't believe it's happened.’

Thankfully the story doesn’t end there. Barbara was referred to Age UK’s 'Call in Time' telephone befriending service by social services, through which, she was partnered up with her own befriender, Mel.

Explaining how the service works, Barbara says: ‘They called me every day initially, then once a week. I still get that weekly phone call. The support I’ve been given has been constant and extremely helpful as I’ve had no one to talk to, so I could offload. It’s something to look forward to.’

‘And as time passes, I’m feeling much better, but I couldn’t have coped without the support I got from the Call in Time team.’

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081