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Swim Into Kindness and Support Those Who are Alone

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Published on 21 June 2022 11:01 AM

Gather your friends and colleagues for a dip in a beautiful location and raise funds for older people in Camden who feel isolated and alone.

Age UK Camden, which provides support and services for older people in the borough, is organising a swim event at the Parliament Hill Lido on the 24th June at 1.30pm.

The Lido is kindly allowing swimmers to take an hour’s dip for free, to enable people to donate to the charity in exchange. The event is in aid of Age UK Camden’s Spring Into Kindness Appeal which is raising essential funds to tackle loneliness and highlight the charity’s befriending service.

According to the Mental Health Trust, one in four of us feel lonely at any one time. This figure increases in older people as many live alone. In Camden loneliness affects over 10,000 people over 65.*

Nikki Morris, CEO of Age UK Camden said, “As family members and friends pass away, along with social connections fading, older people experience more loneliness and isolation than younger people in the community. With help from befriending services like ours, we aim to rebuild those connections within the community and combat loneliness with kindness.  To be able to help those that need us, we need to raise £15,000 via our Spring into Kindness campaign.

“We would be delighted to see as many people as possible at the Lido on the 24th, splashing around, enjoying themselves and showing their support. Thanks very much to the Parliament Hill Lido for joining with us for this event and for their generosity.”

Anita, 90 years-old, lives alone in her home since her husband passed away. She told her GP how much she misses his company and often still speaks to him. This led to her GP advising her about Age UK Camden's tele-friends service, which offers the chance to have a weekly with a friendly voice over the phone. Although she was hesitant, Anita and her volunteer befriender Bhavna, speak every week and feel like they really know each other. Although I've never met Bhava her weekly calls with me bring a bit of energy and excitement to my week!"

Donate here to support older people across the borough and support Age UK Camden’s Spring into Kindness Appeal 

  • £20 could help to provide training and support for a new befriending volunteer
  • £35 will help to pay for a tele-friend to support an older Camden resident who may be living with bereavement or feeling isolated at home
  • £50 could provide a much-needed counselling session for someone finding it difficult to navigate life alone
  • £100 could pay for a free one-to-one digital support session to help an older person feel confident and connected online to friends and family
  • £250 could pay for long-term support for someone feeling isolated, so they have someone to connect and talk to.

For more information on Age UK Camden’s befriending support, please contact  telefriends@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 0207 239 0400 

Please contact us at fundraising@ageukcamden.org.uk to find out how to set up a regular donation to us, as well as other ways to help.

You can also join the conversation on all social media by using the hashtag #SpringIntoKindness