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Thousands of Pounds Donated to Bridge Loneliness Gap

27 July 2015

Age UK Lincoln has received a £5,500 donation from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee.

 

The donation will be used to fund our free befriending service which provides companionship for older people in and around Lincoln.

 

The cheque presentation outside Age UK Lincoln's Park Street Centre

 

Sam Hotson, Volunteer Coordinator at Age UK Lincoln, said: “Demand for our volunteer services is increasing year on year as people are living longer. Recent studies show that around a million older people are termed ‘chronically lonely’ which can significantly increase their risk of suffering from mental and physical illnesses.

 

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee because it will make a difference to a lot of people’s lives.”

 

The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, which has been running for almost 20 years, arranged a six-month bridge tournament and a lunch in April to raise the funds for the charity.

 

Nicola Denby, Chairman of The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, said: “As a committee we really appreciate the work that Age UK Lincoln does for our community, and we are delighted to be able to support the charity in its fight against loneliness.”

 

Sam added: “Last year, our dedicated befriending volunteers provided around 2,000 visits and spent more than 280 days talking to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. This donation will cover the cost of around 1,100 befriending volunteer visits.”