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Hero Volunteer, Malcolm Cameron on BBC Spotlight

Published on 13 June 2018 12:39 PM

Malcolm is 85 and has secured over £2m worth of care benefits for older people living with dementia and physical disabilities in Exeter.

Over the course of five years, he’s notched up 1,000 visits to older people in Exeter and the surrounding area. Volunteering four afternoons a week, he helps them untangle the benefits and services for which they and their loved ones are eligible, particularly helping people to apply for Attendance Allowance, a non-means tested benefit based on the individual’s care needs.

“I do it because it stops me sitting at home, staring out of the window and feeling useless,” says Malcolm whose wife passed away five years ago. “Supporting older people isn’t a particularly glamorous cause. There’s no drama or rescues, and no one likes to think about getting old, but the services Age UK Exeter provides are none-the-less life-changing and I am proud to be doing this work.” 

Thank you Malcolm for all of your hard work!